The Anonymous Widower

Alstom’s Hydrogen-Powered Train Undergoes Tests On Dutch Tracks

The title of this post is the same as that on this article of Renewables Now.

Hydrogen trains are certainly coming to Europe.

March 7, 2020 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Novel Long-Duration Energy Storage System Installed At World’s Largest CSP Plant

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

This is the sub-title.

Technology that stores power in molten aluminium inaugurated at 580MW Noor Ouarzazate solar complex in Morocco.

Other points from the original  article.

  • The idea is from Swedish start-up; Azelio.
  • The the Noor Ouarzazate solar complex is rated at 580MW
  • Noor is Arabic for light.
  • Energy is stored as heat in molten recycled aluminium at 600 °C.
  • When energy is needed, a Stirling engine is used to generate energy.
  • Waste heat can also be captured and used to heat buildings.
  • The system has a 90 % round-trip efficiency.

I feel this could be a winner in the long term.

March 7, 2020 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , , , | Leave a comment

Blackstone Acquires Battery Energy Storage Firm NRStor

The title of this post is the same as that as this article in IPE Real Assets.

The Blackstone Group is on of the largest alternative investment firms in the world, so the title of the post says it all.

I believe that we need masses of energy storage to fight global warming and it looks like Blackstone are building a portfolio.


March 7, 2020 Posted by | Energy Storage, Finance | , | Leave a comment

Daily Bulletin – March 7th, 2020

I seem to be getting weaker in my left leg every morning.

Look at this picture of my left toes.

They are all dry with the nails in a bad way.

This second picture shows how the left foot is redder than the right.

I’ve noticed this before in my life and I certainly have a problem with my left knee, which I told my doctor about three months ago. As he suggested it, I now wear a support bandage, which doesn’t seem to help much.

Could it be that the reason I fell last Friday night was that the knee just gave up?

Blood Pressure

I’ve just measured it at 08:10. It was 132/47/75.

An Aside On My Physical Health

Every morning and evening until I had the fall, I used to do twelve sets of physical exercises; including press-ups, Superman stretches and arm openings. I used to finish by standing for twenty seconds straight on each leg.

I can still do the right leg for twenty seconds, but I can’t do more than a few on the left without support.

March 7, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , | 4 Comments

Is The COVID-19 Having An Affect On Lending At Zopa?

I lend money on Zopa and at the moment no-one seems to be borrowing any money.

I put some of my pension in my lending pot into the peer-to-peer lender each month and it’s still there sitting safely in the queue for a borrower.

Perhaps everybody is being cautious because of the COVID-19 alert

March 7, 2020 Posted by | Finance, Health | , | 1 Comment