The Anonymous Widower

Wind Generation Sets New Record In UK Surpassing 21 GW

The eye-catching title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Renewables Now.

I regard anything over 20 GW as very good, as the UK’s average daily consumption is typically around 23 GW, so surely we can find a couple of gigawatts of biomass, gas, hydro or nuclear.

The Renewables Now article says this about UK electricity generation.

According to National Grid ESO, on Monday, January 9, wind accounted for 50.2% of British electricity, nuclear for 15.9%, gas for 13.1%, imports for 10%, biomass for 4.8%, hydro for 3.8%, solar for 1.3% and coal for 1.1%. Tuesday’s wind record may undergo slight adjustments in expectation of all data for yesterday.

I shall be following these figures.

  • Especially, as Wikipedia says another 3 GW will be installed this year.

But it does seem that we’re getting there with renewable electricity.

A Thought On Energy Storage

I also think that if we are generating large amounts of electricity at times, which are more than we need, then we had better crack on and build lots of energy storage.

If we don’t need the energy and Europe or Ireland doesn’t want it, then we must store it, so that if the wind isn’t blowing we can recover it for a useful purpose, even if it is only selling it to the Germans to make hydrogen, which is used to replenish their stores.


January 12, 2023 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , | 2 Comments

Cockfosters Train Depot – 12th January 2023

In Would A Solar Roof With Added SeaTwirls Work?, I showed this map of Oakwood.


  1. The striped roofs at the top of the map, with sidings for trains to the North, is Cockfosters Train Depot for the Piccadilly Line.
  2. Cockfosters station is off the map on the West side of the map.
  3. Oakwood station is at the East side of the map and indicated by a London Underground roundel.
  4. The two tracks of the Piccadilly Line between Oakwood and Cockfosters stations, running across the map to the North of the depot.

I took these pictures of the Cockfosters Train Depot as my train went between Oakwood and Cockfosters.


  1. The land between the Piccadilly Line and the depot seems to be being cleared.
  2. Is this to expand the depot for the new trains?
  3. There are some high lights mounted above the sidings.
  4. The depot buildings don’t look anything special.

This article on Ian Visits is entitled Depot Upgrade At Cockfosters For The Piccadilly Line’s New Trains.

  • Before and after maps show a lot more sidings.
  • The new siding layout reaches almost all the way to the Piccadilly Line.
  • The old depot has been assessed to be utilitarian with low architectural and historic value.
  • The depot will be completely rebuilt over the next two years for the new Siemens trains.
  • Nothing is said as to whether the new depot will be fitted with a solar roof.

The new trains will start running in 2025. It seems that the work hasn’t progressed very far.

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Bowes Park Station – 12th January 2023

I’d never used Bowes Park station until I moved back to London in 2011, despite the fact I had friends in the 1960s, who lived nearby.

Today, I was wanting to go from the Northern end of the Piccadilly Line to Moorgate station.

There are a number of ways to do this journey.

  • Piccadilly Line to Bounds Green tube station and then a Great Northern train from Bowes Park station to Moorgate
  • Piccadilly Line to Wood Green tube station and then a 141 bus to Moorgate.
  • Piccadilly Line to Manor House tube station and then a 141 bus to Moorgate.
  • Take the double cross-platform change route, I outlined in Extending The Elizabeth Line – Improving The Northern City Line.

I decided to take the first route.

I took these pictures at Bowes Park station.


  1. The station has a warm well-stocked cafe, that is an asset to the station.
  2. The station has a defibrillator.

In an ideal world the station would have step-free access, as this would give a step-free route to Moorgate and the Elizabeth Line.

I returned a day later and took these pictures to see if a lift could be fitted.

I don’t think it would be one of the most difficult or expensive jobs to fit in a lift, that took passengers between the platform and the bridge.

The existing stairs would be retained and fitted with a decent fully-compliant handrail.

If a single lift were to be placed on the opposite side to the stairs, passenger access to the station would be possible  during the installation.


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Giant Solar Farm Project In Doubt After Disagreement Between Mike Cannon-Brookes And Andrew Forrest

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

This is the sub-heading.

Australian billionaires had backed $30bn Sun Cable venture designed to help power Darwin, Indonesia and Singapore but the company has gone into voluntary administration.

It does look like the administrators will be able to continue the project and look for more funding.

Qatar must be in the frame, as this link will probably cut some of their gas sales.

I wrote about this monster project in Sun Cable’s Australia-Asia PowerLink.

I wonder if this administration will have any effects on the prospects of the other giant intercontinental interconnectors?

  1. EuroAfrica Interconnector – See The EuroAfrica Interconnector
  2. EuroAsia Interconnector – See The EuroAsia Interconnector
  3. Morroco-UK Power Project – See Moroccan Solar-Plus-Wind To Be Linked To GB In ‘Ground-Breaking’ Xlinks Project
  4. TransPacific Interconnector – See Chile Wants To Export Solar Energy To Asia Via 15,000km Submarine Cable

The economics will decide. But I do think, the last one could be a bit ambitious.

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Suffolk Doesn’t Do Easy!

Many parts of the UK consider Suffolk to be rather sleepy.

I was conceived in the county and have spent at least half my life there.

I have a strong affection from my adopted county, which always seem to punch above its apparent weight.

  • All thoroughbred horses have bloodlines that can be traced back to Newmarket, which is a town of 17,000 people in West Suffolk.
  • The Battle of Landguard Fort is recorded as the last opposed attack on England, where on the 2nd of July 1667, a much larger Dutch force was repelled by Nathaniel Darrell and his marines.
  • The exploits of Ipswich Town over the years are on a par with those of many prominent clubs in much bigger towns and cities.
  • Since the 1950’s, the Port of Felixstowe has grown to be the United Kingdom’s busiest container port.

This morning I received a marketing e-mail from Adnams; the Suffolk brewer and this is an extract.

Ghost Ship 0.5% is brewed just like our other beers, so you can count on 150 years of brewing heritage. It was crafted to taste like our best-selling brew, so you can also count on its flavour.

It is always our aim to make great-tasting products, but when creating Ghost Ship 0.5%, the brewing team didn’t simply have to make something delicious, it had to taste like a well-loved and well-known beer. They were dealing with great expectations.

Adnams invested in a de-alcoholiser specifically to make this beer. We could brew in the normal way; adding the lovely fruity flavours you get from a full fermentation, before removing the alcohol. This alters the balance and the mouthfeel of a beer, so it still took months of trials and tinkering to get to where we wanted.

We used all our expertise the finest East Anglian malt and bold American hops to create a low-alcohol beer that tastes frighteningly good. It’s now our second most popular brew, and at 0.5% abv, can be enjoyed whenever and wherever the moment takes you. So, you can get out there, travel that little bit further, and taste just a little bit more.

Note in the last paragraph, that it is now their second most popular brew.

  • It tastes just like the halves of bitter, I used to drink around 1960, whilst playing snooker with my father in his club in Felixstowe.
  • Adnams has been my preferred beer since then.
  • Like all zero-alcohol beers, my coeliac gut doesn’t react to it.

As a regular drinker of this beer, it looks like Suffolk has another success on its hands.

I’ll drink to that!

January 12, 2023 Posted by | Food, Sport | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments