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by adam2
Sat Sep 18, 2021 2:59 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: Gas supply crunch
Replies: 61
Views: 1859

Re: Gas supply crunch

HMG "are holding urgent talks" about the gas crisis. They again reassure us that the UK "has very diverse sources of supply" for gas.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58605735
by adam2
Fri Sep 17, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Hydrogen
Topic: Electrolytic production of hydrogen
Replies: 19
Views: 2693

Re: Electrolytic production of hydrogen

Certainly impressive. It would make more sense to use the renewably generated electricity for general domestic and industrial purposes, instead of burning fossil fuel to produce that electricity. If however the scale of this proposed plant is so great that existing domestic and industrial electricit...
by adam2
Fri Sep 17, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Transport
Topic: World’s first battery-electric freight train unveiled
Replies: 6
Views: 76

Re: World’s first battery-electric freight train unveiled

Electrification is best, but in places lacking same, a hybrid battery/diesel locomotive can save significant fuel. 100% battery power is possible if distances and speeds are modest. The USA does have some electric railways, but only a small percentage of long distance routes are electrified. Part of...
by adam2
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: News
Topic: Brexit Watch
Replies: 115
Views: 3253

Re: Brexit Watch

More generic sabre rattling - reminds me of an old soldier propping up the bar... or those old Kenny Everett 'bomb the b@stards' sketches.... Exactly what preparations should we be making......? For example, should we be building our own interconnector to Jersey ? Or should we be planning for their...
by adam2
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Coming shortage of UK generating capacity?
Replies: 238
Views: 51047

Re: Coming shortage of UK generating capacity?

I cant support any new coal burning power stations. What we need IMHO is a substantial increase in renewables so as to meet the majority of our needs, and LIMITED gas burning. Our limited gas storage and domestic production of natural gas would suffice for LIMITED electricity generation if the major...
by adam2
Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: News
Topic: France-UK power cable down
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Re: France-UK power cable down

Thanks for the report, but this is already being discussed in the electrical forum, so I will lock this thread to avoid multiple threads on the same subject.

Here viewtopic.php?f=53&t=26255&start=225
by adam2
Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Coming shortage of UK generating capacity?
Replies: 238
Views: 51047

Re: Coming shortage of UK generating capacity?

Nuclear has improved a bit since a wrote the above, still under 5 GW though. I think that electricity imports from France were reduced BEFORE the fire, from looking at Gridwatch, whether physically restricted or simply too expensive I know not. OCGT plant has been running regularly which suggests sc...
by adam2
Wed Sep 15, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Brexit Watch
Replies: 115
Views: 3253

Re: Brexit Watch

Stumuz2 wrote: Wed Sep 15, 2021 12:13 pm Interconnector has caught fire :D

Yes but not certain that this is brexit related. Please continue talk of interconnectors in the electrical forum.
viewtopic.php?f=53&t=26255&start=225
by adam2
Wed Sep 15, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Coming shortage of UK generating capacity?
Replies: 238
Views: 51047

Re: Coming shortage of UK generating capacity?

As reported elsewhere on these forums, fire has broken out in a converter station at our end of the French interconnector.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/b ... t-24987920
Expected to be out of operation until at least October.
by adam2
Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: News
Topic: Companies going bankrupt/into administration
Replies: 757
Views: 145913

Re: Companies going bankrupt/into administration

ANOTHER two domestic energy retailers have bust.
https://news.sky.com/story/two-more-hou ... s-12407915
by adam2
Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: Gas supply crunch
Replies: 61
Views: 1859

Re: Gas supply crunch

The failure to take appropriate action over the last couple of decades (on energy security and climate) is going to be one of humanity's more costly errors. Agree with most of that. But what has surprised me is the decadent west's ability to keep going and muddle on, even when postulates, maxims, a...
by adam2
Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: Gas supply crunch
Replies: 61
Views: 1859

Re: Gas supply crunch

UK gas now at about 180 pence a therm, well over twice the previous peak and many times the norm for this time of year.

I am shocked at both the scale of the increase and at the almost total absence of comment in the MSM.
by adam2
Tue Sep 14, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Stock up on heating fuel.
Replies: 5
Views: 172

Re: Stock up on heating fuel.

Good advice, thank you. I would add that if you have a day or two to spare, try switching off your electricity at the consumer unit for 24 hrs. Record what was difficult, impossible, not missed, missed. Do you stumble in the dark? Did the silence coupled with your own thoughts annoy you? Did you cr...
by adam2
Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Stock up on heating fuel.
Replies: 5
Views: 172

Stock up on heating fuel.

I would urge increasing stocks of heating fuel if you possibly can. The gas supply crunch is discussed elsewhere on these forums, There is no simple way to store natural gas domestically, PLEASE AVOID TRYING ANY DANGEROUS IMPROVISATIONS , but remember that any serious shortage of natural gas or of e...
by adam2
Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: Gas supply crunch
Replies: 61
Views: 1859

Re: Gas supply crunch

I guess it won't impact domestic bills as they are regulated/capped in the short term - but that's likely to bankrupt smaller energy retailers. So who actually picks up the cost? Taxpayers via Ofgem? Sad thing is gas price hikes and supply issues were totally predictable and predicted, more than a ...