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UK Energy Plant To Use Liquid Air

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

This article about the technique is different, as it details some of the human back-story in these three paragraphs.

The system was devised by Peter Dearman, a self-taught backyard inventor from Hertfordshire, and it has been taken to commercial scale with a £10m grant from the UK government.

“It’s very exciting,” he told BBC News. “We need many different forms of energy storage – and I’m confident liquid air will be one of them.”

Mr Dearman said his invention was 60-70% efficient, depending how it is used.

Mr. Dearman is now a passive shareholder in Highview Power, who are building the plant.

 

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

The Foul-Smelling Fuel That Could Power Big Ships

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

The article talks in detail about using liquid ammonia to power large ocean-going ships.

  • A research project is underway in Copenhagen.
  • The ammonia would be green ammonia produced by renewable energy.

The aim is to seriously reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from shipping.

November 6, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

A Train Of My Own!

To get to the the best Marks and Spencer food shop near me, I walk to Essex Road station and take a train to Moorgate or Old Street stations depending on the weather.

As it was sunny today, I took a private train to Old Street station.

Everybody else was asked to get on the Rail Replacement Bus.

November 6, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

The Changing Face Of Silicon Roundabout – 6th November 2020

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

This map from Transport for London shows the future layout.

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

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

Note.

  1. At least the South-East side is substantially finished, with more space for vehicles.
  2. The North-East and North-West entrances to the station are still open for passengers.

It does look to me, that someone has done their project management.

 

November 6, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | 2 Comments

The Most Important News Of The Day

It has nothing to do with that soon-to-be-ex President across the Pond, except that he would brand it a waste of money and a fantasy.

If he did call it a fantasy, he’d at least know something about fantasy.

This article on Recharge is entitled Work Starts To Build World’s First Commercial Liquid-Air Energy Storage Plant.

These are the first two paragraphs.

Work has started to build the world’s first commercial liquid-air energy storage facility near Manchester, northern England, along with a visitor centre that aims to turn the pioneering project into a tourist attraction.

A joint venture between UK-based Highview Power and independent solar/natural-gas plant developer Carlton Power will build and operate the 50MW/250MWh “CRYObattery” — which may later be expanded to add more storage — in the village of Carrington, close to Manchester United’s training ground.

The visitor centre will open in the first quarter of 2021, with the plant planned to start operation in 2023.

  • That seems to me to be an ambitious time-scale.
  • On the other hand, the plant appears to be composed of well-proven readily-available components, so it will not be too challenging.

Whether Trumpkopf likes it or not, construction of the second plant in the Democratic-voting state of Vermont, will surely be starting in the near future.

  • He would like the fact that at 50MW400 MWh, the American battery is larger.
  • He wouldn’t like the fact, that it is replacing a coal-fired power station.
  • It will give eight hours of full-power as opposed to Manchester’s five.
  • As both plants are rated at 50 MW, I suspect the two plants are identical on the energy generation side.
  • Vermont would just have more tanks to store the liquid air.

It is my view, that these two, will be the first of many.

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

US Election 2020: Donald Trump’s Speech Fact-Checked

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

President Trump spoke early on Friday about the US election count, making a number of accusations of fraud for which he did not provide evidence.

I liked some of the BBC’s analysis on this statement.

I’ve been talking about mail-in voting for a long time. It’s really destroyed our system. It’s a corrupt system and it makes people corrupt.

The BBC said.

The president himself has voted by post in the past. He lived outside the state he was registered in, Florida, and requested a postal vote.

Surely, that makes him a hypocrite. Or did voting by post make him corrupt?

November 6, 2020 Posted by | World | , , , , | 4 Comments

Inside A $4 Million Electric Plane, The First Full-Size, All-Electric Passenger Aircraft In The World

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

Watch the video and think. Is it Alice in Wonderland?

I am looking forward to my first flight in an all-electric aircraft.

November 6, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment