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by adam2
Tue Sep 28, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: Gas supply crunch
Replies: 78
Views: 2221

Re: Gas supply crunch

I do not trust Russia, though we must remember that it is their gas !

Meanwhile does anyone know to which types of customers the price cap applies ? See my earlier post for details.
by adam2
Tue Sep 28, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: Transport
Topic: World’s first battery-electric freight train unveiled
Replies: 9
Views: 145

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

Here is the rather improbable case of a street running electric train !
Probably at a fairly low voltage, maybe 750 volts DC ? Would never be allowed here, and I am rather surprised that it is allowed in the USA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgy35ey41dg
by adam2
Tue Sep 28, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: New type of Lithium battery
Replies: 1
Views: 18

Re: New type of Lithium battery

This sounds more promising than some. In particular I note the absence of any opportunity to invest in the project.
by adam2
Tue Sep 28, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Coming shortage of UK generating capacity?
Replies: 247
Views: 51311

Re: Coming shortage of UK generating capacity?

Here is my personal REASONABLY OPTIMISTIC forecast for peak demand and available generating capacity for the coming winter. Supply CCGT----------------------------------------------------------27 Has previously reached that much. Wind------------------------------------------------------------4, wil...
by adam2
Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Coming shortage of UK generating capacity?
Replies: 247
Views: 51311

Re: Coming shortage of UK generating capacity?

Here is my personal REASONABLY PESSIMISTIC forecast of peak electricity availability and demand for the coming winter. Supply CCGT-------------------------------------------25, it has previously regularly reached this figure. I expect that gas will remain very expensive, but available. Wind---------...
by adam2
Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 50 years since abandonment of the Gold Standard
Replies: 5
Views: 553

Re: 50 years since abandonment of the Gold Standard

This reminds me of an ALEGEDLY true story from pre war Germany. A man had a large supply of small banknotes, each one of very little value, but a useful sum in total. They packed the notes in a large wicker laundry hamper and took them to the bank in the hope of changing them. In view of the bulk, w...
by adam2
Tue Sep 28, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Vattenfall district heating system proposed for East London
Replies: 6
Views: 110

Re: Vattenfall district heating system proposed for East London

Existing homes in the UK often have limited opportunities for improved insulation. Cavity wall insulation and loft insulation are easy, but I suspect that lot have already been done.

New homes COULD be better insulated when built, but this is bitterly resisted.
by adam2
Tue Sep 28, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: Gas supply crunch
Replies: 78
Views: 2221

Re: Gas supply crunch

As is well known, most domestic consumers of gas and electricity are being protected against major price increases for now by the government price cap. This clearly does not apply to very large gas users such as fertiliser factories, hence the closure thereof until an emergency subsidy was given. St...
by adam2
Tue Sep 28, 2021 5:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Petrol supply crisis
Replies: 41
Views: 432

Re: Petrol supply crisis

A friend of mine has experienced no problems in obtaining transport fuel. Horse feed is in plentiful supply, and of course prepared feed can be supplemented by grazing.
There was some concern recently about the "wrong fuel" being used as the horse ate some buddleia.
by adam2
Tue Sep 28, 2021 4:43 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: Gas supply crunch
Replies: 78
Views: 2221

Re: Gas supply crunch

I doubt that any gas power stations will give up generating. They can and are passing on the record high gas prices in the form of record high wholesale electricity prices. Whole sale electricity has routinely reached £450 a megawatt hour, and has briefly gone much higher than that. The problems wil...
by adam2
Mon Sep 27, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: Gas supply crunch
Replies: 78
Views: 2221

Re: Gas supply crunch

Gas now at 200 pence a therm ! despite windy weather reducing gas demand for electricity generation.
by adam2
Sun Sep 26, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Companies going bankrupt/into administration
Replies: 765
Views: 146271

Re: Companies going bankrupt/into administration

Would letting the oil refinery close down be unthinkable ? The present bottleneck seems to be deliveries to filling stations, not refinery capacity or wholesale stocks.

The poor finances of the refinery might suggest that it was only working at part capacity in any case.
by adam2
Sun Sep 26, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Vattenfall district heating system proposed for East London
Replies: 6
Views: 110

Re: Vattenfall district heating system proposed for East London

Whilst this idea has SOME merit, I am rather doubtful for several reasons. The burning of waste is strongly opposed and the idea might therefore not proceed beyond the first NIMBYfest. I expect the volume of waste to reduce as more is recycled and pressure grows to minimise plastic in particular. If...
by adam2
Sun Sep 26, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Climate Change
Topic: Multi-breadbasket failure
Replies: 12
Views: 346

Re: Multi-breadbasket failure

Yes, but, most of the carbon dioxide was from distilleries not breweries.
Gas from the brewing of beer COULD be used, but the larger volumes from industrial scale distilleries were favoured.
by adam2
Sat Sep 25, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Petrol supply crisis
Replies: 41
Views: 432

Re: Petrol supply crisis

I suspect that "tesco" HGV truck drivers are not in fact employed by the supermarket chain, who could probably argue that they are not required to provide any welfare facilities for employees of another company.