Renewable Energy Industry Faces “Shelf” in Growth in 2019..

March 19, 2014

In today’s Scotsman paper, reporting on what was said at the recent Scottish Renewables Conference in Edinburgh.

Speakers at the Scottish Renewables conference in Edinburgh said the UK government needs to extend the pricing guarantees offered by its recent electricity market reform (EMR) into the next decade to give investors in wind farms and other green energy projects more certainty.

Mike Thompson, head of carbon budgets at the committee on climate change, said: “It’s a cliff edge for the power industry after 2019. The government have not said where we are going. When a new government comes in next year, the priority is to get EMR extended.”

Further confirmation of sustainability risks for the “sustainable” solution?

Given up on Apple Podcast App

March 19, 2014

I’ve given up. The Apple Podcast app, part of iTunes family, promises to sync across other devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.) but not only does it no sync, but in the recent week after a system update (pushed out by Apple), my subscriptions were lost. Lots of messing around with Google didn’t get anywhere.

So, I have deleted this app. Gone. No more.

Now using Downcast, available on the Appstore. Appears to work just fine.

Free Market in Energy Now Abandoned

March 16, 2014

Confirmation that the free market for investment in energy systems, not that we didn’t know it already, is gone. See this in today’s Scotsman article where they say Scotland is likely to see more wind farm developments as a result of a new pricing system:

Christian Egal, chief executive of EDF Energy Renewables (EDF EN), who will be in Edinburgh this week to speak at an industry conference, has been pushing more of its investment northwards in the past year and he said that trend is likely to continue as the UK moves to a system of guaranteed prices for different forms of energy. (bold by me)

And what would that price be? Who agreed it? How does it compare to current prices? Can we afford it? What is the cost of investment to get the revenue suggested by that price?

Mr. Egal reports that there is room for growth. He is reported in the article to say that he did not expect to see more than 10,000 MB of wind generating capacity to be installed in Germany, but now there is around 30,000 MW of capacity.

My question. How much output, over the course of a full year, does Germany get from that capacity, at what cost, and what is the price charged … all in per/MW please.

Internal Waves. Continuing the meme of Everything Affected by Global Warming. Sigh.

March 4, 2014

Last evening I attended an enjoyable presentation on ocean dynamics at the Royal Society of Edinburgh by Professor Peter Davies, Professor of Fluid Dynamics, University of Dundee.

He spoke about “internal gravity waves” which propagate due to water density stratifications. While I was aware of such waves from my days a grad school studying ocean waves, I was not aware of their power as discussed by Professor Davies. He also told us about “dead water”, caused by internal waves, in which a boat may experience strong resistance to forward motion in apparently calm conditions. I was unaware of such a phenomenon.

I was pleased that not once during his presentation he mentioned those two words “global warming”. That is unusual for a presentation at the RSE. It took until the third question during Q&A for someone in the audience to ask if global warming had any affect. Using many words, Professor Davies basically said “no”. That didn’t stop a second follow-up question by someone else who prefixed that question with something about “global warming, which has melted the polar ice caps …”.

At that point I decided to leave. Perhaps I missed the next big risk to civilisation–huge and larger anthropogenic internal ocean waves.