The Anonymous Widower

Shocks Away! RAF To Fly Electric Planes

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

The RAF is evaluating the Slovenian-built Pipistrel Velis Electro for use as a training aircraft. I learned to fly in a Cessna 150 and the Pipistrel Velis Electro seems to be a modern reincanation of that and similar classic designs.

  • It seats two normal people side-by-side.
  • It has a high wing.
  • It has a fixed tricycle undercarriage.
  • It is built from composites, whereas the Cessna was aluminium.
  • It seems to have been carefully designed.
  • It has full certification.

I would love to have a flight in one.

As the Danish Air Force are already using the aircraft for pilot training, I suspect that it might suit the RAF.

But then there are quite a lot of battery-electric under development and there may be a better one.

But there is no denying that the Pipistrel Velis Electro is a good aircraft to start the procurement process.

November 7, 2021 Posted by | Design, Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Is Thermify The Ultimate Zero-Carbon Boiler?

In The Sunday Times today, there is an article, which is entitled Tech Is Putting Net Zero Within Reach, which lists several ideas to help us achieve net zero.

The first is the best idea, that I’ve seen this year.

When you talk using a phone, tablet or computer to your family, preferred social network, bank or company, you are probably talking to or through a server somewhere on the Internet.

These servers are often a bank of computers and they use a lot of electricity and give out a lot of heat. So they are often located in unusual places like Iceland. Someone has even suggested putting them deep under the sea.

Under a section entitled Computer Power, the article in The Times introduces Thermify.

The Welsh company has combined a computer server with a heat exchanger to replace your gas-fired boiler.

I suspect all of these servers fit together just like data centres do all over the world.

It would be ideal for my house, as I only use gas for heating and hot water and I have solar panels on the roof and under-floor heating using hot water.

I shall be contacting the company next week.


November 7, 2021 Posted by | Computing, Energy | , , , | 9 Comments