At 4:52pm on Friday 9th August a lightning strike hit a transmission circuit at 4.5km from the Wymondley substation. It was a pretty normal day in the UK transmission system but that single bolt of lightening caused significant disruption. Trains were stopped for hours and the country took a significant time to recover. Continue reading What happens when the lights go out?
The fundamental premise of 5th generation heat networks is that the distribution temperatures drop substantially to around twenty five degrees (typically 4th Generation systems run at around 50-60 degrees). Continue reading 5G Heat (Fifth Generation Heat!)
Synthetic fuels are a tantalising prospect for zero carbon aviation, marine and haulage. Continue reading Is the future of fuels synthetic?
When looking at the energy transition I believe there are four lenses through which to make energy decisions. Continue reading The Four ‘C’s of the Energy Transition.
In my recent predictions for energy over the next ten years there was one prediction I felt I could have explained a bit more. I predicted that Hydrogen would develop in pockets but I didn’t go into too much detail … Continue reading Some like it hot! Energy for high temperature applications.
Globally the ammonia market is worth about 33 billion dollars accounting for a staggering 1.8% of global carbon emissions. Produced under super high pressures from Hydrogen and Nitrogen; Ammonia production is energy intensive and more than a little bit ‘dirty’ … Continue reading Is Ammonia the clean fuel of the future?
I was absolutely fascinated to learn that the world’s first coal power station at the Holborn viaduct was sited where it was because at the time only the gas companies were allowed to dig in the road! The Holborn viaduct … Continue reading Are subterranean battles holding back sustainable cities?
I have recently become fascinated by heat pumps and have been surprised by why take-up in the UK remains stubbornly low… despite global installations running at in excess of 18 million a year. In fact having recently installed a condensing … Continue reading What’s making Heat Pump take-up so sluggish?
I have recently seen more and more articles about Hydrogen in heating and attended conferences where the potential for our heating in the future to be delivered by Hydrogen is widely discussed. Others suggest through increased electrification and improved efficiency a complex Hydrogen … Continue reading Hydrogen may be a bit like Marmite.
Who couldn’t have been wowed by the recent incredible crewed Space X launch on the 30th May? Two astronauts successfully left the earth’s atmosphere to dock with the international space station on a semi re-usable rocket. This was clearly an … Continue reading The surprising carbon footprint of space travel.