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How Do You Save Clean Energy? This Company Plans To Pump It Underground

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

This sentence, introduces a company called Quidnet Energy.

Last week, Quidnet, a Houston, Texas-based company, announced that it lined up a contract with the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority to construct a pilot project for its “Geomechanical Pumped Storage” technology.

Reading the article, the following points can be made.

  • Quidnet is a new take on pumped storage.
  • Instead of using expensive land to store water, the water is pumped underground from a supply pond into a well.
  • It uses pumped storage supply chains and expertise.
  • Quidnet is backed by a Bill Gates energy fund.
  • About sixty percent of US power markets have the right type of rock.

The article finishes by comparing these systems with lithium-ion batteries, which double in cost every time you want to double the capacity.

Cut technology like from Form Energy, Highview Power and Quidnet might be a lot simpler.

This is very much an a must-read article.

July 1, 2020 Posted by | Energy Storage | , | Leave a comment

Think Zinc: Another Metal That Can Transform The Energy Storage Sector

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

Mines worldwide extract more than 11.9 million metric tons of zinc annually. There are zinc mines in over 50 countries around the world, and while the metal plays a key role in the steel industry, few people understand its transformative role in the energy storage sector. When most people think of the metals that power today’s energy storage systems, vanadium and lithium are at front of mind.

Wikipedia has an entry called Zinc Mining. This extract, sums up the availability of zinc from mining.

Global zinc mine production in 2019 was estimated to be 12.9 million tonnes. The largest producers were China (34%), Peru (11%), Australia (10%), United States (6.1%), India (5.5%), and Mexico (5.4%), with Australia having the largest reserves.

The world’s largest zinc mine is the Red Dog open-pit zinc-lead-silver mine in Alaska, with 4.2% of world production. Major zinc mine operators include Vedanta Resources, Glencore, BHP, Teck Resources, Sumitomo, Nexa Resources, Boliden AB, and China Minmetals.

The paragraph  is accompanied by a photograph from the Zinkgruvan mine in Sweden.

Closer to home, in 2009, Ireland mined 385,670 tonnes of zinc and was the tenth largest producer in the world. Tara Mine is at Navan in County Meath.

This Google Map shows its location to the West of Navan.

So if the Irish build more wind turbines, they have the zinc for their own zinc-air batteries.

The Stockhouse article is written by Ron MacDonald, who is President and CEO of Zinc8 Energy Solutions. He says this.

To give one example: Our company Zinc8 Energy Solutions has won a recent contract award and project collaboration with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and private sector deployment agreement with Digital Energy supported by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (Nyserda). We will deploy a 100kW/1.5MWh zinc-air system capable of storing energy for 15 hours.

Everybody, who worries about our future energy supplies should read the full article.

June 30, 2020 Posted by | Energy Storage | , , , | Leave a comment

Coronavirus: New York Couples Can Now Tie The Knot Over Zoom

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an order allowing online marriages, as many weddings are cancelled under lockdown restrictions.

It sounds like a sensible idea to me.

When I first heard this story, I wondered if Zoom will be allowed for Quickie divorces?

April 19, 2020 Posted by | Computing, World | , , , | 2 Comments

Qantas Completes Test Of Longest Non-Stop Passenger Flight

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

This is the first two paragraphs.

Australian carrier Qantas has completed a test of the longest non-stop commercial passenger flight as part of research on how the journey could affect pilots, crew and passengers.

The Boeing 787-9 with 49 people on board took 19 hours and 16 minutes to fly from New York to Sydney, a 16,200-km (10,066-mile) route.

The article also says that they will be running a test flight between London and Sydney next month.

I can’t help thinking about a joke I first heard in the 1980s.

The United States Secret Service had got hold of a very long range Boeing 747SP and used to put the suspect in the plane and fly them around the world.

As they fed them standard airline food all the way, the suspect always cracked and they got the information they wanted.

October 20, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 3 Comments

Welcome To The Future, New York City

The title of this post is the sub-title of this article on the Inverse web site.

It describes how New York City is changing its public transport ticketing from a card-based system to a Tap-and-Ride system based on london’s Oyster technology.

Is this one of the first steps to the world becoming London’s Oyster?

October 27, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

An Essex Girl Shows New Yorkers How To Behave

We often forget that Dame Helen Mirren was brought up in Leigh-on-Sea, although she was born in Hammersmith.

There’s a story in the Daily Telegraph showing her riding in state on the New York subway and the praise she has received for her perfect posture and behaviour.

Essex Girls may be the butt of jokes, but like Dame Helen, they are often blessed with strong wills to do the right thing.

February 3, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Miliband Shows His True Colours

I have never been a fan of David Miliband.  To me, he is one of those I would bar from Parliament, as he doesn’t appear to have done a real job in his life. Two many MPs on all sides of the house are just political time servers, who live off the fat of the land.

He was also one of the yes-men, who didn’t stop Gordon Brown’s disastrous policies, that led us into the state we’re in today.

So his first desertion to New York, is probably a good thing, as hopefully he’ll never get into another British Government. But then the Labour Party in recent years has shown a particular talent in bringing in their friends to important positions, despite past failures and indiscretions.

Incidentally, I can never understand, how anybody ever wants to work in the United States, because of that country’s adherence to the death penalty.

I suspect that his resignation from the board of Sunderland Football Club is just as much about practicalities, as about the appointment of Paolo di Canio as manager. Sunderland is a long way from New York.

April 1, 2013 Posted by | Sport, World | , , , | 1 Comment

Profits Before Health In New York

It would appear from this story about banning the sale of large sizes of fizzy drinks in New York, that American lawyers are on the side of corporate profits and really can’t care about the obesity and health of the American people.

As someone, who is built like the Aldgate Sphinx, and has always been like that, I have never understood obesity and why people get that way. My father was the same and it looks like my son is too! At least we could share clothes, if we wanted!

March 12, 2013 Posted by | Food, Health, News | , , | Leave a comment

A Day Without Violent Crime

New York is celebrating Monday, which was a day without violent crime. It’s reported here on the BBC.

I’m reminded of an episode in the Peter Seller’s film called The Wrong Arm of the Law. London is suffering a crime wave from an Australian gang, who impersonate police officers to do major crimes.  So London’s two criminal masterminds, played by Sellers and Bernard Cribbins, decide to have a crime-free day to trap the Australian gang.

I hadn’t realised but this comedy was written in part by Galton and Simpson.

November 29, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

Trainspotting Gets A Whole New Meaning

This story talks about Erica Christensen, who puts couples together on the New York Subway.

Perhaps she’s got an idea that will run,  But I do like the name.

November 24, 2012 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment