The Anonymous Widower

Strawberries And Beer

This was my afternoon snack whilst writing on the Internet.

Beer from Suffolk and strawberries from Herefordshire.

 

 

May 12, 2021 Posted by | Food | , , , , | 2 Comments

Energy Storage System For Dominica

This title of this post is taken a section of this round-up article on pv magazine.

This is said.

A $50 million hurricane-resistant battery energy storage system is coming to the Caribbean island of Dominica through an investment by the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund. The project includes a 5 MW/2.5 MWh battery energy storage system.

The system is intended to stabilize the electricity grid and deliver reserve power and frequency control to the extreme weather-prone nation.

Dominica is building a 7 MW geothermal plant to help drive the country’s energy mix to 51% renewables. One government program enables foreign investors to obtain Dominica’s citizenship in exchange for a $100,000 investment to the Economic Diversification Fund, or $200,000 into pre-approved luxury real estate that supports Dominica’s ecotourism.

Dominica uses the investments for energy security, infrastructure, and housing as it aims to be one of the world’s first climate-resilient nations, as pledged by the government after Hurricane Maria hit the island in 2017.

The UAE-CREF initiative is financed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, the UAE’s national entity for international development aid. The fund is a partnership between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Masdar, which is leading project design and implementation. In March 2019, the first three renewable energy projects were inaugurated.

Dominica is an island in the Eastern Caribbean, with a population of about 72,000.

This description is from Wikipedia.

It is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, and in fact it is still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity, as evidenced by the world’s second-largest hot spring, called Boiling Lake.

I think that this could be a very good development and a model for other small islands with a friendly volcano underneath.

 

May 12, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , | 7 Comments

A Mysterious Attack On My Body

Last Friday, I went to Birmingham and looked at the extension of the West Midlands Metro to Fiveways and Perry Barr station before it is updated for the Commonwealth Games.

I also took a detour to Wolverhampton station to see how the new transport interchange is progressing.

I had travelled between Euston  and Wolverhampton on my least favourite trains – Alstom’s Class 390 trains.

  • The seats don’t align well with the windows.
  • The trains are cramped because of all the tilting mechanism.

These trains must a nightmare for anybody taller than my 1.70 metres or heavier than my sixty-two kilos.

But the biggest problem of these Pendolino trains is that Alstom updated the air-conditioning a few years ago for Virgin a few years ago and I find the air inside too dry.

I am glad to see that Avanti West Coast have ordered new Hitachi Class 807 trains for running to and from Liverpool.

In my few hours in Birmingham, I didn’t have much to eat or drink.

  • I had a hot chocolate from a stall outside Wolverhampton station.
  • I also took a box of Leon’s gluten-free chicken and a lemonade onto the train home.

I was fine until I got to about Watford, but about I felt a need for the toilet. I waited until Euston and then it seemed everything in my body went down the toilet in the station.

Saturday

I had slept well on Friday night going to bed after the ten o’clock news as I usually do.

I spent a very quiet Saturday mainly watching sport on the television and not leaving my house.

Sunday

After a good night’s sleep, I noticed things seemed to have gone a bit wrong with my left hand.

  • I couldn’t get my left arm to co-operate with putting on a shirt.
  • I had trouble opening a yoghurt pot, by gripping it in my left hand and ripping the top off with my right.
  • I couldn’t tie my shoe-laces and had to use a pair of slip on shoes.

But

  • At no time was I having any balance problems and bathed successfully,
  • I did manage to get to the shops at the Angel to get a few bits and pieces I needed.

In the end I phoned 111 and they decided, I should be looked at professionally in hospital.

Royal London Hospital

Once in A & E at the Royal London things started to get better.

  • A CT-Scan had shown no problems.
  • I had a negative Covid test.
  • They did a few blood tests.
  • They told me that I had an infection.

But remarkably after an hour or so, my hand had started working normally.

The only reason, I could think, was that the air in the hospital was fully climate-controlled, whereas at home, it was just hot and dry.

They kept me in overnight and after a couple of human-based checks in the morning sent me home in a taxi.

Conclusion

The whole episode does seem so like an incident I described in A Couple of Days in Hospital.

May 12, 2021 Posted by | Health, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments