The Anonymous Widower

Angus Peter Campbell: I’m In Two Minds About The Renewable Energy Revolution

The title of the post, is the same as that of this article in the Aberdeen Press and Journal.

This is the sub-heading.

The debate (argument) between development and environmentalism is as old as the hills.

In the article, Campbell puts all sides of the arguments over the Coire Glas pumped storage hydro-electric scheme, and the article is very much a must read.

I feel that this 1500 MW/30 GWh scheme should be built, as like Hinckley Point C and Sizewell C, it takes a large bite out of the new energy storage capacity that is needed.

But if we do build this large project, we should think very hard about how we do it.

These are a few thoughts.

Low Carbon, Disturbance And Noise During Construction

High Speed Two are doing this and I wrote about it in HS2 Smashes Carbon Target.

I do subject though, that increasingly large construction projects can go this way.

Electric Trucks, Cranes And Other Equipment

High Speed Two and big mining companies are increasingly using electric mining trucks, cranes and other equipment.

As this sort of equipment, also provides a better environment for workers, I suspect we’ll see more electric equipment.

Hydrogen Trucks And Construction Equipment

Hydrogen could play a big part and rightly so.

It is ideal for heavier equipment and one of its biggest advocates and developers is JCB.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a decision about an onsite electrolyser being made soon.

Low Carbon Concrete

There are various methods of making low- and zero-carbon concrete, some of which incorporate carbon dioxide into the material.

Use Of Loch Lochy And The Caledonian Canal

I wouldn’t be surprised if just as the Thames in London was used in the construction of Crossrail and the Northern Line extension, Loch Lochy and The Caledonian Canal will be used to take out construction spoil.

There’s certainly a lot of ways to be innovative in the movement of men and materials.


The construction of Coire Glas will make an epic documentary.


April 6, 2023 - Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage, Hydrogen | , , , , , , ,

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