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by BritDownUnder
Tue Sep 28, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Vattenfall district heating system proposed for East London
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: Vattenfall district heating system proposed for East London

And there will be a contractual penalty against authorities who don't provide enough "waste". The level of this cut-off will be high enough to ensure a constant flow of money to Vattenfall. I can only speak for Australia but there are plans for few electricity generating from waste power ...
by BritDownUnder
Tue Sep 28, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: Gas supply crunch
Replies: 78
Views: 2221

Re: Gas supply crunch

That's around four times the price of last winter and and winter before - at what point does the gas actually stop flowing in the volume we need/want it for heating and power generation. Obviously some industrial users will just drop out of the market if the prices get too high but domestic use is ...
by BritDownUnder
Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Climate Change
Topic: Multi-breadbasket failure
Replies: 12
Views: 346

Re: Multi-breadbasket failure

I would have thought that with beer and similar beverages the CO2 stays in the beer to make it 'fizzy'. I looked at where Australia gets it industrial CO2 and it looks like most come from the natural gas industry where CO2 is separated from natural gas and then is sent to the industrial gasses compa...
by BritDownUnder
Sun Sep 26, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: News
Topic: Vattenfall district heating system proposed for East London
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Vattenfall district heating system proposed for East London

With the high, possibly terminal gas prices and now Black Swan events, this may seem like rearranging the chairs on the Titanic. Vattenfall has proposed a district heating scheme to cover East London. Energy to come from burning waste. “We’ve got to think big when it comes to removing emissions from...
by BritDownUnder
Sat Sep 25, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Coming shortage of UK generating capacity?
Replies: 247
Views: 51311

Re: Coming shortage of UK generating capacity?

I don't think the UK should rely too much on Norway as they have interconnections to a lot of other countries including Finland, Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands and who may be able to outbid the UK in a time of crisis. Of course the canny Norwegians might also buy cheap excess G...
by BritDownUnder
Sat Sep 25, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New coronavirus in/from China
Replies: 8733
Views: 277126

Re: New coronavirus in/from China

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/22/leftwingers-far-right-conspiracy-theories-anti-vaxxers-power Monbiot's view. Some anti-vaxers come from the left wing and climate camps, and are in danger of being captured into the extreme right. LJ is a case in point!! Interesting. In Australi...
by BritDownUnder
Sat Sep 25, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Petrol supply crisis
Replies: 41
Views: 432

Re: Petrol supply crisis

What is most shocking for me is the apparently total inability of those in power to antipicate the problem and do something to solve it before things deteriorated to this situation. None of the causes are mysterious or unpredictable, and there are things that could have been done. HGV driving tests...
by BritDownUnder
Fri Sep 24, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: News
Topic: Brexit Watch
Replies: 119
Views: 3399

Re: Brexit Watch

I recall the 2000 fuel strike as well. I did not have a car at that time and lived in Southampton. I took my bike one weekend on a train to the New Forest. The main thing I remember was the speed at which the supermarket shelves emptied. No storage at all. All just in time deliveries. I was so used ...
by BritDownUnder
Fri Sep 24, 2021 12:43 am
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Neighbours standby generator installation.
Replies: 7
Views: 88

Re: Neighbours standby generator installation.

I have never heard of freezing clothes - presumably to delouse or disinfect them.

Australians tend to put towels on the washing line rather than wash them too much and I presume the high UV radiation kills parasites.
by BritDownUnder
Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Coming shortage of UK generating capacity?
Replies: 247
Views: 51311

Re: Coming shortage of UK generating capacity?

To me it seems the UK has put a lot of its decisions in the hands of others such as the UN (for climate change policy) and EU (for energy policy) and put its trust in an energy market that is very short termist and is incapable of long term investment. Sky News is saying it is costing 'tens of milli...
by BritDownUnder
Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Neighbours standby generator installation.
Replies: 7
Views: 88

Re: Neighbours standby generator installation.

Sounds like an interesting project! I think that for use in the next 5 to 10 years, and certainly for the coming winter, this is probably the quickest and cheapest idea for self-sufficiency. I would expect that these people invest in a wind and/or solar and battery storage system in the next few yea...
by BritDownUnder
Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Permaculture
Topic: A Good Year in the Garden
Replies: 31
Views: 3361

Re: A Good Year in the Garden

I have had butterfly problems and from about now onwards is the time of year when they become an issue. Spraying is required with a supposedly natural-based chemical spray. Netting the plants and also some work running round with a butterfly net catching them can help too and gives one a sense of sa...
by BritDownUnder
Sat Sep 18, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: News
Topic: Brexit Watch
Replies: 119
Views: 3399

Re: Brexit Watch

France having a serious sulk and recalling Ambassadors to US/ Australia. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/09/17/france-recalls-ambassadors-us-australia-amid-backlash-submarine/ I hear they have also cancelled an anniversary dinner in Washington celebrating a US/French victory in the Batt...
by BritDownUnder
Fri Sep 17, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: Climate Change
Topic: Multi-breadbasket failure
Replies: 12
Views: 346

Re: Multi-breadbasket failure

I did not think about that but most hydrogen is currently made from methane so maybe electrolysis has just become more economic.
Either that or people had better learn to eat less.
by BritDownUnder
Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:40 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

Good to see Wabtec (formerly GE) doing this work. They have also talked about doing this for mining trucks which also presently use a diesel-electric transmission-less system. In Western Australia, and no doubt many other places, there has been talk of hydrogen trains. Back in the 1960s GE also expe...