The Anonymous Widower

Developer 8minute Says More Than 24GWh Of Batteries Included In Its US Solar-Plus-Storage Pipeline

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Energy Storage News.

What caught my eye was the 24 GWh!

When you consider that the biggest battery in the UK is Electric Mountain, which has a capacity of 9 GWh, 24 GWh of batteries is a large number!

It will need a lot of solar panels to keep that amount of batteries brim-full.

This is a sentence from the article.

The company’s projects include the Eland Solar & Storage Center, which will comprise 400MWac of PV and 300MW / 1,200MWh of battery energy storage, currently under construction in California’s Mojave Desert.

Those are big numbers against the UK’s largest solar park at Shotwick in Wales, which is just 72.2 MW.

June 15, 2020 Posted by | Energy Storage | , , , , | Leave a comment

Transport for London Are Driving Me Mad

Because of COVID-19, a lot of Underground station entrance and exits have been closed.

I can understand, why it needs to be done, but I keep falling foul of their closures.

  • I wanted to go from the Angel to Paddington and my usual route is to change between Northern and Circle Lines at Kings Cross. But you had to walk all the way round Kings Cross station for the change.
  • Coming back from Paddington, I often take the Bakerloo Line to Regents Park station, but the train went straight through.
  • I wanted to go from Wlathamstow Central to Dalston. Normally, I would use the Overground and a bus, changing at Hackney Downs. But the Overground wasn’t working, so I used the alternative route changing at Seven Sisters and I got another long walk.

What is needed is better information at all station entrances, as once you’re in the labyrinth it’s too late.

June 15, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | 2 Comments

Transport for London’s Hand Sanitisers

These pictures show Transport for London’s hand sanitisers.

I like them, as you can use them with one hand.

They are also fairly numerous!

June 15, 2020 Posted by | Health, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

A Statue Without Explanation In Islington

Every time I go between my house and the Angel, I pass this statue on Islington Green.

It is of Sir Hugh Myddelton, who was very much a hero to generations of North Londoners prior to the Second World War.

Wikipedia introduces him like this.

Sir Hugh Myddelton (or Middleton), 1st Baronet (1560 – 10 December 1631) was a Welsh clothmaker, entrepreneur, mine-owner, goldsmith, banker and self-taught engineer. The spelling of his name is inconsistently reproduced, but Myddelton appears to be the earliest, and most consistently used in place names associated with him.

So why did my parents and others, born in the early years of the twentieth century, hold Myddelton in such high esteem?

Both my parents were born close to his most famous creation; the New River. Wikipedia explains his part in the project.

Myddelton is, however, best remembered as the driving force behind the construction of the New River, an ambitious engineering project to bring clean water from the River Lea, near Ware, in Hertfordshire to New River Head in Clerkenwell, London. After the initial project encountered financial difficulties, Myddelton helped fund the project through to completion, obtaining the assistance of King James I.

I do wonder, if the generation of my parents felt affectionately about the New River because in their first few decades, it was probably the source of most of the water they drunk and used for cooking and washing.

Wikipedia doesn’t give any clue to the character of Myddelton, but I’m sure that in today’s climate, some would find him not worthy of having a statue in such a prominent place.

I do feel though, that the statue needs a display to fill out the story of a man, who did so much for London over four hundred years ago and is still benefiting from his creation.

June 15, 2020 Posted by | World | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Three New Step-Free Crossrail Stations – 15th June 2020

I first took a train from Paddington to Langley station, where I took these pictures.

At Langley, I had eight  minutes before I caught a train to Iver station, where I took these pictures.

At Iver, I had fifteen minutes before I caught a train to Taplow station, where I took these pictures.

After Taplow, I took the train to West Drayton station, where I took these pictures.

Note the extreme length of the new Platform 5. I can’t find any references to any proposed or possible services terminating at West Drayton, so is Platform 5 for emergency use, if there are problems on the Heathrow Branch and it allows the station to be used as an alternative for Heathrow.A bus would take you to the Airport!

June 15, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Greater Manchester Illegal Raves: Man Dies, Woman Raped And Three Stabbed

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

A 20-year-old man has died, a woman has been raped and three people have been stabbed during two illegal “quarantine raves” that attracted 6,000 people.

What the hell was going on?

There have been some exuberant parties in Hackney Marshes, but they didn’t appear to be the on the scale of the Mancunian troubles.

Last night on Stephen Nolan’s program, there was some very heated debate on what went on in Manchester. Some, who had been present, should have been arrested, if what they alleged they’d done was true.

If you look at total COVID-19 cases in London and the North West on June 15th, they are as follows.

  • London 27, 330 – 306.8
  • North-West 26,759 – 367

The second figure is a rate per 100,000 of the population. Although the Government data doesn’t give the legend on the chart! Poor presentation again from the Government statisticians!

I have been on public transport a lot in London and the behaviour of passengers seems to follow the rules. Especially, on the Overground, which seems to be busier than the buses and the Underground. Today on a trip out, everybody I saw on public transport was masked!

June 15, 2020 Posted by | Health, Transport, World | , , , , | Leave a comment