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Will The Queen Enable One Last Important Result?

Would it be too much to hope, that the world leaders coming to the Queen’s funeral, might find that swapping their uplifting memories creates goodwill that helps to solve at least one of the pressing problems of the world?

September 9, 2022 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

RCAM Technologies

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to have a wind turbine with built-in energy storage?

This article on Power Engineering, is entitled Five Long-Duration Energy Storage Projects Get Funding In New York.

One of the projects, from RCAM Technologies is described like this.

To develop a 3D concrete-printed marine pumped hydroelectric storage system that integrates directly with offshore wind development in support of grid resiliency and reduced reliance on fossil fuel plants to meet periods of peak electric demand.

That sounds like an offshore wind turbine with built-in energy storage, that is 3D-printed in concrete.

The RCAM Technologies web site is all about 3D-printed concrete.

  • It looks like they can build taller wind farm towers, than you can make with steel.
  • It appears offshore wind turbine tower with integrated foundations  can be built on-site.
  • Material can be 100 % locally-sourced.
  • The next step could be to build some form of pumped storage into the tower.
  • They are experimenting with storing energy as pressure in 3D-printed concrete spheres. The New York grant will help fund this.
  • High Speed Two is using 3D-printing of concrete, as I wrote about in HS2 Utilising UK-First Pioneering 3D Concrete Printing On Project.

The company has offices in Colorado, California and Edinburgh.

Conclusion

This technology could be on the right track. Read their web site.

September 9, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Five Long-Duration Energy Storage Projects Get Funding In New York

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

These are the two opening paragraphs, which outline the state’s ambitions.

New York awarded $16.6 million in funding for five long-duration energy storage projects and made another $17 million available for projects that advance development of long-duration energy storage technologies, including hydrogen.

The state’s larger goal is to install 3,000 MW of energy storage by 2030 to help integrate renewables. New York wants to eventually develop 6,000 MW.

The article then lists the projects, which I will look at in separate posts.

RCAM Technologies

September 9, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , | Leave a comment

A Design Crime – Platform-To-Train Access On The Northern Line At Bank Station

These four pictures show the platform-to-train access on the Northern Line at Bank station.

Note.

  1. The first two pictures are the new Southbound platform.
  2. The last two pictures are the Northbound platform.
  3. The other pictures show the wide and level walkways between the two platforms.

The Southbound platform has level platform-to-train access, but the old Northbound platform does not!

That constitutes a design crime in my book.

September 9, 2022 Posted by | Design, Transport/Travel | , , , , | 2 Comments

Old Street Station – 9th September 2022

I took these pictures this morning, as my bus passed Old Street roundabout.

The Queen was also being shown on this bus-stop in Moorgate.

How many pictures like these are being displayed?

 

 

September 9, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | 2 Comments

It Looks Like The Gas Leak Has Killed The Tree Outside My House

A couple of months ago, I had a gas leak outside my house.

These pictures show the tree outside my house.

It looks like the gas in the soil has given the tree a good kicking.

Incidentally, when I was a child, all the trees in the road outside our house in Cockfosters were killed by gas leaks.

September 9, 2022 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment