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Crossrail-Spoil Wetland Provides Haven For Wildlife

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

This is the first two paragraphs.

A £70m project to create a wetland twice the size of the City of London is nearly finished with wildlife thriving in new lagoons, marsh and fields.

New wetland on Wallasea Island, off the Essex coast, was created from tunnel spoil from London’s Crossrail project.

Wallasea Island shows that large construction projects don’t have to be all about steel and concrete.

September 23, 2018 Posted by | Travel, World | , , | Leave a comment

Brush Traction Signs Contract With Skeleton Technologies For Modules For Class 769 Trains

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

This is the first two paragraphs

Skeleton Technologies has announced that they have signed a contract with Brush Traction to supply SkelStart Engine Start Modules for all Porterbrook Bi Mode Class 769 trains.

The high-power density, safe and tiny size of the 24V SkelStart module were decided over other solutions during the feasibility stage to start the Auxiliary Power Supply (APS) units. Simply put, there was not enough room available for another solution.

The article then gives a few brief details on the SkelStart

Who are Skeleton Technologies?

They have a web site at www.skeletontech.com and there is a brief description on the home page.

Under a title of.

Powering Energy Savings With Ultracapacitors

There is this description.

Skeleton Technologies’ patented curved graphene is changing the world of energy storage. 

Our superior technology enables us to deliver ground-breaking energy storage solutions with market leading power and energy density. Our products are used across industries from automotive to aerospace and everything in between.

Curved graphene? I know about graphene, but I’d never heard of it being curved.

There is a Press Release on the Skeleton Technologies web site, which is entitled Skeleton Technologies Signs Contract with Brush Traction to Supply Ultracapacitors for All BMU Class 769 Prime Movers.

This gives a lot more details, including this brief description of size and weight.

The 24V SkelStart has the size of a regular car battery and with its 8kg weight, it solved the space restriction we had.

It looks to be a very simple application of a capacitor with the ability to hold a lot of charge.

One of their products is called a SkelMod 170V 53F Ultracapacitor Module.

The datasheet gives these details.

  • Voltage – 170 Volts
  • Capacitance – 53 Farads
  • Maximum Stored Energy – 0.2127 kWh
  • Weight – 77 Kg.

That is a lot of energy for a capacitor.

A 50 kWh capacitor suitable for a bus or train, with this energy density would weigh eighteen tonnes, so it’s a bit impractical for this type of application at present.

But who knows what will be possible in the near future?

Skeleton Technologies would already appear to have pushed capacitor design a long way.

Skeleton Technologies Are An Estonian Company

This surprised me at first! But why not?

An Aside

Somewhere in my past about the 1960s, I remember an electronic news item, where someone like AERE Harwell, had built a one Farad capacitor, that was house-sized. Noe we get 53 Farad in a suitcase.

Conclusion

I think we’ll eventually see supercapacitors big enough to replace lithium-ion batteries in a lot of applications.

September 20, 2018 Posted by | Travel, World | , , , | 2 Comments

The View From The Schilthorn

These pictures were taken from the viewing platform by the side of the Piz Gloria restaurant on the Schilthorn.

It was certainly worth going up to the top of the Schilthorn.

September 11, 2018 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

In Piz Gloria; The Rotating Restaurant On Top Of The Schilthorn

I took these pictures in Piz Gloria, which is the restaurant on top of the Schilthorn.

Note.

  1. During my meal, the restaurant did a complete rotation.
  2. The food was typically Swiss; reasonable but pricey.
  3. It was certainly better than any other rotating restaurant I’d eaten in.
  4. The three prominent peaks grouped together are the Eiger, Mönch and the Jungfrau.
  5. All the Swiss, were saying that the weather was exceptional.

I think the Swiss couple sitting opposite me, might have been celebrating a birthday or anniversary and they seemed to enjoy the experience.

 

September 11, 2018 Posted by | Food, World | , | Leave a comment

Walking The Crossrail Route Between Farringdon And Moorgate Stations

I took these pictures on the route between Farringdon and Moorgate stations via Barbican station.

Note.

  • The massive amount of new development along the route.
  • The new site for the Museum of London.
  • Smithfield Market, which surely will be developed or refurbished.
  • The large amount of housing in the Barbican Estate.
  • The new office developments surrounding Moorgate station.

To me, one of the most interesting developments, is the creation of new walkways across the Barbican Estate and through the new office developments to link Batrbican and Moorgate stations to London Wall and walking routes going towards St. Pauls, Bank and the River.

Crossrail will serve the City indirectly using a modicum of walking in at a pleasant height away from the traffic.

September 4, 2018 Posted by | Travel, World | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Are These Guys Watching?

This group of mainly men, reminded me of the scenes you get in pubs with football on the big screen or in betting shops.

But it was in the Leon in Moorgate.

The wait for my gluten-free chicken nuggets was worth it!

September 3, 2018 Posted by | Food, World | | Leave a comment

The Right Attitude

Also in the diary in today’s copy of The Times, was this paragraph.

Gina Miller has just published a memoir and tell’s Spear’s magazine that opponents told her publisher that they were organising a mass burning of it.

This does not worry her. “It’s OK, they’ve got to buy the book first.” she says.

Never get angry with someone, who is paying you money, for which you are doing no extra physical or mental work!

August 31, 2018 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Top Meerkats Like To Live Fast And Die Old

The title of this post is the same as that of an article in today’s copy of The Times.

Cambridge University researchers led by Dominic Cram, have found that the Alpha Male meerkats get all the meercrumpet, have a good life and live to an average of 4.4 years. Their subordinates have an average of 2.8 years.

I wonder if it applies to humans. Think David Attenborough, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas, Bruce Forsyth, the Duke of Edinburgh and Mick Jagger.

August 31, 2018 Posted by | World | | Leave a comment

If The Wig Fits, They’ll Wear It

The title of this post is the same as that of an article in the diary in today’s copy of The Times.

Apparently, there has been criticism, of the new film; The Children Act, about the wearing of wigs by barristers.

The tag line of the story, quoting a daily e-mail called The Brief is.

Who cares about accuracy?” The Americans expect to see English lawyers wearing bloody wigs.

C rarely wore her wig, if ever.

In fact, in one case that involved some Americans, they asked her, where they could buy one, so they could take it home as a souvenir.

August 31, 2018 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Grimshaw Working On New Eden Project In Morecambe

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in the Architect’s Journal.

The Eden Project in Morecambe does seem to have the look of a serious project.

August 29, 2018 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment