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Walking Between Blackfriars And Hungerford Railway Bridges

These pictures were taken as I walked between Blackfriars and Hungerford railway bridges.

I was walking along the South Bank of the Thames.

January 6, 2020 Posted by | World | , , , , | 1 Comment

Finsbury Park Station – 6th January 2020

Finsbury Park station now has a new entrance on the other side of the tracks.

London’s duck of a station is being turned into a swan.

  • At least one new platform has been added.
  • Buildings and passenger tunnels have been spruced up.
  • Several lifts have been added to the maze of tunnels.
  • Thameslink now runs four trains per hour (tph) through the station.
  • Moorgate services are now eight tph and there is also a weekend service.
  • Nearly all services stopping at the station are run by trains delivered in the last three years.

The new flats will be alongside a comprehensive station.

January 6, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | 3 Comments

The Times Had A Hydrogen Saturday

The Times had a feature on Saturday about converting our gas grid to hydrogen and especially about using hydrogen boilers in our homes.

I believe that perhaps in ten years, our gas grid will be full of hydrogen and our central heating boilers will be powered by hydrogen.

The carbon emissions saved with be massive

I don’t know about cooking, but my Michelin-starred Scottish friend and chef, says that we’ll all cook on an electric induction hob.

A Large Collateral Benefit?

I think there will be a large collateral benefit.

At present there are only two feasible methods to power a vehicle without producing carbon emissions; battery or hydrogen.

  • Battery vehicles need to be recharged and we need an enormous number of charging stations.
  • Hydrogen vehicles need to be filled up from a hydrogen filling station.

It should be noted that the current Hyundai ix35 FCEV has a range of 369 miles on hydrogen.

But as you have a hydrogen gas supply to your house, could you fit a compressor in your garage to pump up your car’s hydrogen tank, when it needs it?

The technology is well-proven.

The only problem, that I can see, is that how will the Government tax it?

The future’s not orange it’s hydrogen.

 

 

January 6, 2020 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , | 6 Comments

Energy Storage 2020: It’s Not Just About Lithium-Ion Batteries Any More

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Clean Technica.

The article is a must-read, as it surveys the various techniques being developed to store energy.

This is the last paragraph of the article.

The one thing we can take away from all this experimentation is that energy storage will be more affordable in the future, and that’s a very good thing for a world suffering heat exhaustion from traditional thermal generation strategies.

I agree!

January 6, 2020 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | Leave a comment