Author: Lawrence

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Welcome to our new Website!

Welcome to our (mostly!) new website. We aim to renew our efforts to provide regular news and comments on the renewable heat sector. The awareness of and drive toward decarbonisation of heat in the UK has never been stronger. This can only be pushed along even faster by President-elect Biden’s far greater emphasis and understanding […]

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Government policy: Renewable heat, carbon and all that …

Future generations won’t thank us for the current lack of technical understanding within our senior political ranks. It was, to say the least, a little disappointing that no party in the snap-election bothered to mention renewables policy. At the same time, the climate-change denying dinosaur Trump promotes the use of coal and oil in the […]

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Continuing fall of grid power ‘carbon factor’

Although the view from my window looks grey and damp (again), the longer days and greater output from PV panels are becoming noticeable as we move into Spring. Not so long ago the power generation ‘carbon factor’ averaged over 500 grammes of CO2 per kilo-Watt-hour of power generated (500gCO2/kWh). As the UK’s wind and solar […]

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No better time to consider renewable heat!

Our quarterly rant: Despite everything, there has never been a better time to install a Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) of the provision of renewable heat. The UK does not have targets for the increased provision of renewable heat; rather a requirement to lower carbon emissions across the board. The UK’s fifth carbon budget, due […]

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Water Supply Boreholes: An Outline For Development

Making use of groundwater to save your business money can seem like a daunting process. Here is a simple guide outlining the process from feasibility to installation – and how we can help you.   1) Firstly, determine how much water you will need to abstract. This needs to be an estimate of daily and […]

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UK’s Solar Power Generation

The UK’s solar panels generated more electricity than coal for the first time. On Saturday 9 April, solar generated 29 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity, 4% of the total power used that day and more than the 21GWh output from coal (3% of demand). This pattern was repeated on Sunday, with solar (6%) outpacing coal […]

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The fate of UK Renewable Energy

Please read our article in an excellent Energy Supplement in the New Statesman. ‘The fate of UK Renewable Energy.’

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UK Renewable Power Generation and Grid Carbon Intensity

Since 2nd June 2015 we have been monitoring the contribution of renewable power generation and carbon intensity of the UK National Grid. A ‘spot’ reading is taken at midday each day. The addition of wind, solar and hydro-power to existing power generation (gas, coal and nuclear) is starting to make real inroads into the average […]

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UK Power Generation Grid Carbon Intensity

The UK is committed to phasing out power generation by coal (and much later gas) and to increase the contribution from nuclear power and renewable technologies (wind, solar, hydroelectric and tidal). The goal is for power generation to become ‘zero carbon’ by 2050 when all power will be generated by renewable and nuclear means. Since […]

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Politics and ‘renewable hot air’?

Despite an election campaign that failed to mention UK renewable energy policy, the recent G7 meeting made a commitment to pursue ‘deep cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions’. Good news? Yes, probably, although cynics might suggest this does no more than delay commitments made previously to reduce emissions by 50% before 2050! Rhetoric will no […]

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