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Renewable Roundup: Big Banks Lining Up To Finance Big Batteries

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Red, Green and Blue.

This is the introductory paragraph.

We’ve reached a significant tipping point in how the battery storage market is financed, shifting from expensive private equity investments to ordinary bank finance. Which will be another factor leading to a terawatt of storage by 2040.

The article contains an impressive graph showing the growth of energy storage world-wide, broken down into China, United States and the Rest of the World, showing that by 2040, there’ll be that terawatt of storage.

There are also some stories of companies trying to get funding for battery projects in the United States, which enforce the message of the title.

But then, I wrote World’s Largest Wind Farm Attracts Huge Backing From Insurance Giant in 2018, where I said this.

Aviva will have a billion pounds invested in wind farms by the end of the year.

As ever, it looks like, it has taken longer for the penny to drop on the other side of the pond.

But at least it seems to have finally done so!

 

 

May 14, 2020 Posted by | Energy Storage, Finance | | 1 Comment

China And US Snub Global Talks On Vaccine

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in The Times.

Judging by the list of those that turned up to the talks, the United States and China care less about the health of their people and the wider world than Saudi Arabia.

May 5, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , , , | 2 Comments

Global Oil Storage Close To Being ‘Overwhelmed’

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in The Times.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Ships, pipelines and storage tanks holding surplus oil could be “overwhelmed” within weeks as the coronavirus pandemic causes unprecedented drops in fuel usage, the International Energy Agency warned yesterday.

So what are we going to do?

I can’t see Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States cutting oil production.

But that is what must happen!

April 16, 2020 Posted by | World | , , , , | 5 Comments

The NHS And Prices For US Drugs

On the BBC’s Wake Up To Money this morning, an NHS expert; Helen Buckingham, from the Nuffield Trust, talked about the NHS and the prices for drugs, developed and produced in the United States. These are points Helen made.

  • Various people in the US, would like the UK to pay the US price.
  • The UK price is determined because the NHS is a bit customer and tends to buy centrally.
  • In the US, it is illegal for hospitals and health organisations to deal as a group.
  • Countries like Australia get their drugs at a good price from the United States under the recent trade deal.

Obviously, this is how I read, what Helen said, so if you’re really interested listen to the podcast.

November 25, 2019 Posted by | Health | , | 2 Comments

Nothing Changes

The Americans never change, when it comes to the crimes and misdemeanours of their diplomats, forces personnel and their families in the United Kingdom.

Over the last few days, the case of the death of Harry Dunn, by a stupid driver reportedly on the wrong side of the road, has come to attention on the news.

Perhaps, twenty-five years ago, C and myself were at a dinner party given by a Chinese friend and we got talking to a retired Chief Constable from East Anglia, who C knew through various legal connections.

At the time, there had just been a fatal road crash involving a United States serviceman, near one of the many bases and there was a row going on, as the suspect had been whisked back home.

I remember the retired Policeman saying that it was always happening and justice was rarely seen to be done.

 

 

October 8, 2019 Posted by | News | , , , , | 4 Comments

Donald Trump: ‘Make Plastic Straws Great Again’

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Energy Live.News.

This is the first two paragraphs.

US President Donald Trump has raised nearly $500,000 (£411,000) for his re-election campaign by selling plastic straws.

The branded straws, released in Republican Party-red, were launched on the 19th of July, selling out in a matter of hours before being restocked.

The site also links to another post, which is entitled. President Trump: ‘Wind turbines cause cancer’.

I am a reasonably knowledgeable engineer and scientist and know a Compleat Wanker, when I see one

How can so many Americans take this idiot seriously?

August 9, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Agent Orange Shows Fatty The Third The Art Of No Deal

The title of this post is my translation of the front page headline of today’s Evening Standard.

  • Agent Orange is Spike Lee’s nickname for the current US President.
  • Fatty The Third is how the Chinese refer to Kim Jong-un on social media.

These two imbeciles deserve each other!

February 28, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Brightline Hopes To Extend Fast-Train Service To Tampa

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in MyPalmBeachPost.

Brightline certainly seems to be ambitious.

This is the second paragraph.

Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that, in response to “an unsolicited proposal” from Brightline, the Florida Department of Transportation will seek bids from private companies interested in running high-speed trains from Orlando to Tampa.

I don’t know Florida, but it does seem to me, that Brightline is aiming to cover most of the state.

 

 

June 24, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

D-Train Order For Marston Vale Confirmed

The title of this post, is the same as the title of an article in the April 2018 Edition of Modern Railways.

It gives a few more details on the order from West Midlands Trains for three Class 230 trains to provide the service on the Marston Vale Line.

  • The trains will be in operation in December 2018
  • Two trains will operate the daily service.
  • The trains will be diesel-powered.

When the trains come into operation, extra early morning and late-night services will be added from Monday to Saturday.

Battery Prototype

The article also gives more details of the battery prototype.

  • The train has four battery rafts, each with a capacity of 106 kWh
  • Range is up to fifty miles with a ten minute charge at each end of the journey.
  • Range will increase as battery technology improves.
  • The train is charged using a patented automatic charging point.
  • The batteries will have a seven-year lifespan, backed by a full warranty.
  • Battery rafts would appear to be interchangeable with the diesel generators.
  • Hydrogen power will be used within the next few years.

The specification seems comprehensive and it would appear there is a high degree of innovative automation and well-thought-out electrical engineering.

Train Energy Consumption

The train has the following characteristics.

  • Two cars
  • 424 kWh of battery capacity.
  • 50 mile range

This gives a consumption 4.24 kWh/per car/per mile.

In an article in the October 2017 Edition of Modern Railways, which is entitled Celling England By The Pound, Ian Walmsley says this in relation to trains running on the Uckfield Branch, which is probably not much more taxing than the Marston Vale Line.

A modern EMU needs between 3 and 5 kWh per vehicle mile for this sort of service.

I am surprised that the Class 230 train lies in the 3-5 kWh range, but then I’m not sure of the weights of the two trains.

I estimate two-car units to weigh as follows.

  • Class 230 train plus batteries – Around 50 tonnes.
  • Electrostar – Around 90 tonnes
  • Aventra – Around 80 tonnes

I shall get some better figures, when I actually see the trains, as the weight is on the side.

The Pop-Up Train

The article talks of the concept of a low-cost pop-up train as a solution for a regional or commuter train.

Export To America?

This pop-up train could be designed to be used to demonstrate rail services in America.

Henry Posner, who is promoting the train in America is quoted as saying cities could use the train to test possible services with passengers on board ‘for less than the cost of a consultant’s study into a possible service’.

These demonstrations will be on freight lines, where for reasons of safety, the passengers trains would run during the day and freight trains at night.

Is America ready for an invasion of remanufactured forty-year-old London Underground D78 Stock trains?

 

 

March 22, 2018 Posted by | Energy Storage, Hydrogen, Transport | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why I Went To Redhill

My trip to Redhill this morning had two purposes.

Although, I was interested to see the recent Platform 0 works, the main purpose was to get a feel of the town for a US Corporate Lawyer, who helps companies set up bases in the UK. Redhill was the subject of my visit, as one of his clients wants to set up a base near to an Airport with myriad links to Europe.

The town appears to fit the bill in this case.

 

January 3, 2018 Posted by | Business, Transport | , , | Leave a comment