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Birmingham Announces Hydrogen Bus Pilot

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

The city council has bought 20 new hydrogen double-decker buses as part of its Clean Air Hydrogen Bus Pilot to kick-start the hydrogen market as a viable zero-emission fuel.

The buses will be built by Wrightbus.

October 7, 2020 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Waste-to-Hydrogen Project Set For California

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

A California company that produces renewable hydrogen has joined with a Louisiana construction group on a project to build a modular waste-to-hydrogen production facility.

These are some further points.

  • The Californian company; Ways2H, also has a project in Japan.
  • They aim to setup a pipeline of projects in 2021.
  • The California Energy Commission has said the state is short of green hydrogen.
  • The process can use paper and plastic waste or municipal solid waste.
  • They can also handle medicinal waste.
  • The systems appear to be transportable.

This paragraph is from the article.

Kindler said his company could produce “white hydrogen,” because the company’s process, which uses very high temperatures to turn waste plastics, wood, rubber and other biomass into gas and a carbon solid, can be used to sequester carbon dioxide and store it underground.

It looks to me, that if they make this system work, they will have found an alternative way to make hydrogen, by a zero-carbon method.

Conclusion

Could we see one of these plants in every local authority in the world to process all their waste into hydrogen?

I suspect in Ways2H’s plan for world domination, this is one of their objectives.

October 7, 2020 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , , , | 2 Comments

The Changing Face Of Silicon Roundabout – 7th October 2020

I took these pictures, as I walked round Silicon Roundabout this morning.

The area is certainly changing.

This map from Transport for London shows the future layout.

The current status of the four sides of the roundabout are.

  • North-East – In Use – Two-way
  • North-West – In Use – Two-way
  • South-West – In Use – Two-way
  • South-East – Closed

It was originally planned to be finished in 2022.

October 7, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

Covid Humour

I have yet to hear any good humour about the covids.

Although an incident this morning at my local station was thought funny by those present at the time.

  • The large lifts at the station are now limited to six passengers at a time.
  • A couple of other passengers and myself, were waiting to descend, when an enormously pregnant lady appeared at the lift doors.
  • She smiled and asked! “Have you got room for another two?”
  • A guy in the lift, pointed to everyone and did a quick count on his fingers.
  • He then said. ‘Not if you’re expecting triplets, Madam!”

We were all laughing and smiling, as we walked to the trains.

October 7, 2020 Posted by | Health, Transport, World | , | Leave a comment

Is The NHS The Cause Of The Rise In The Covids?

I was lying in my morning bath thinking this morning and I had the heretic thought, which is the title of this post.

How many prominent people in the UK have died from an attack of the covids? There have been some at an advanced age, but generally they were suffering from something else as well!

The highest profile person to be hospitalised by the covids, has been Boris. But despite his weight and obesity, he came through it unscathed, due to excellent care in an NHS hospital!

I’m 73 now, but if I look back to my twenties and thirties, I see an optimistic, fit, slim guy, who felt he was immune from health problems. I can also only remember one of my peers at Liverpool University in the 1960s going into hospital and it was so memorable, I can’t remember what he had.

The youth of the UK, don’t think the covids will happen to them and growing up in an NHS, which has looked after their every need, when they look around them, they feel it will get them through, if they catch the virus.

So the fact that the NHS is there and got the fat Boris, through it, means that they think, they’ll be alright in the end.

Conclusion

The success of the NHS could be a factor in the rise of lab-confirmed cases of the covids.

Are other countries with good health systems, that coped with the first wave, xperiencing a second one?

October 7, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , | 3 Comments

Getting A Flu Jab

Ten days ago, I got a text message from my GP’s surgery, asking me to make an appointment for a flu jab.

I have phoned several times since and have not got through successfully. As I also need a B12 injection and some more Warfarin, for which I might need a quick chat on the phone from my doctor, it is getting increasingly important that I get through.

Dr. Rosemary Leonard on the BBC this morning, said that there were a lot of people wanting flu jabs this year, so I may march in to Boots, as was selected in the text message.

Incidentally, why can the GP Surgery text me, but they have no simple way I can text or send them an e-mail from a form with Capcha to sort the bad from the good?

Healthcare and computing seem to have a match made in hell!

October 7, 2020 Posted by | Computing, Health | | 3 Comments

Whitby: Hundreds Of Jobs Created At Woodsmith Mine

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

Two hundred jobs are being created by a company developing a huge potash mine in North Yorkshire.

I have been watching this project for some time and I’m rather glad, that Woodsmith Mine seems to be past its troubles. This is an extract from the first paragraph in the Wikipedia entry.

The mine is expected to have a life of 100 years and has been labelled the biggest mining project in Britain for decades; its twin shafts will be the deepest commercial mineshafts in Britain. The project is expected to generate over £100 billion for the UK economy over a period of 50 years.

When the project is up and running, it will be the deepest mine in Europe and have the longest tunnel in Great Britain.

I also feel that Woodsmith Mine, shows that mining don’t have to ruin the landscape.

 

October 7, 2020 Posted by | Business | , | 2 Comments

Siemens and Macquarie Form Calibrant Energy To Tackle Distributed Energy Market

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

This is the introductory paragraphs.

Macquarie Capital and Siemens have formed a joint venture to finance and build distributed energy projects, joining an increasingly competitive landscape in the growing corporate renewables market, the two announced this week.

The partnership, called Calibrant Energy, will initially focus its energy-as-a-service model in the United States, where corporate and industrial customers have become heavyweight renewables buyers as they seek to reach decarbonization goals.

It looks a good idea for a business venture.

I also like it, that two big corporate beats have got together tp finance and install renewable energy systems like solar.

October 7, 2020 Posted by | Energy, Finance | , , , | Leave a comment