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While this is a great move by Iceland and should be applauded one has to ask the question "where''s all this paper going to come from?" Time to invest in timber me thinks :-)
Nothing is impossible. Once you understand the problem and can think outside that 20th-century formal training based on money and self-interest and learn to use innovation and collaboration to not change want humans do, but how they do it. In everyone best interest, not just a privileged few. Blockchain was created in Canada in 1995 to deal with the realities that came out of the 1989 economic downturn. It test the first working social Enterprise structure, Tested blockchain, using a form of Crowd Funding and resource funding and introduce the Canadian Government in 2002 to community incubator and accelerator thinking. All started with one innovator,16 students, unemployed, several local inventors and small business operators. Being allowed to remain independent to come compete, but come together to test solution to key problems that require an innovative approach to share in the effort of doing what was in everyone best interest. All in the name of what was best for their community sustainable future. by understand technology and the G35 reality and we live on one small planet with a growing population. .ndoes require noot changing want we do but how we do it or no one will like the future. it not what you do, but how you do it, by removing money and self-interest from being at the head of the table to being at the table to look after the interest of all the community by addressing one problem by using another problem to help solve both problems.
Get the battery tech sorted and the war is won!
With all this funding, There is a HUGE question why are these bodies NOT perusing Hydrogen Combustion. There is new innovation and yet stories from 15 years ago are referred to by these people as a reason for not attempting a hydrogen engine. They fail to see that Batteries are not new and in fact nor is the EV. Hydrogen Internal Combustion - Internal Steam Turbine-generator. Under 2 million to develop or fail Additionally what they do not want ""Hydrogen Production system On the EV working on demand of the engine."" US developed ACE Hydrogen Production Unit Prototype and Proof of Concept Fuel for 1 Mw Gen-set Covered by US and Japan IP. You ask me why the bodies in the article do not even want to discuss the issues because they might be easy to over come. Clearly this would be the "Landmark" as it would lead to ""Affordable Zero emissions EVs"""
I did not have VF Corp on my radar, but the brands are very high profile. If VF are going to walk this talk then i will certainly be a big fan of their approach and products. It has to make commercial sense for them, but the time-frames appear ''sensible'' too. Bravo.
Please distinguish between MILLI and MICRO. The second is one thousand times smaller than the first. The NOX limit is in Micro grammes. A great problem in this area, and in technical areas in general is that the journalists do not, understandably, enjoy the scientific and engineering understanding which is vital in order to make correct reports to the public. The vast majority of politicians also fall into this category, there is no scientist or engineer in the Cabinet. Richard Phillips.
Hi Matt, great article and great to see big companies making an effort in this area. do you have a full list of organisations that have signed up to this initiative?
@Roger - during my research into Smart Heating for my home I have found several system but there always appears to be a lack of clarity as to how they will work. For instance one system has a heating relay that takes over the role of the master thermostat but is controlled by the central hub using all the temperature data for every zone in the home. However this relay does not appear to be available in every system so do you still end up with that "dumb" master thermostat? Some people have even created bespoke smart systems using Raspberry Pi, temperature and motion sensors and logic algae rhythms. If they can do that why can''t boiler and heating systems manufacturers do the same? And why are new builds still being built with a dumb central thermostat in the hall?
Spot on Keiron. This project will help enormously. In the early 80''s I was doing an electronics course and one exercise was to design a central heating controller using a microprocessor. I thought at the time this is great and that real engineers would be working on real world products and they would be appearing very shortly. It was probably 30 years before this started to happen and we are still miles away.
What is it about this country that nothing can happen unless "world leadership" is in the headline. Isn''t "successful" enough. World leaders emerge after a period of achievement and not by announcement.
Smart Energy is also about using energy smarter and not just generation and storage. Currently most houses have a dumb heating control system with minimal programmability and temperature control. Most still use a dumb master thermostat stuck in the hallway to control the entire heating system, meaning quite often the thermostat is set too high in order to maintain heat to the rest of the house which results in the heating running more than needed. Proper programmable, digital, smart heating controllers that take information from every room and radiator to determine the heating requirement of the home and that can accurately control the HW system (even putting in an anti-legionnella cycle once a week if there''s a tank) will dramatically reduce our energy demand in both home and business.
Why don t they sell their products in glass bottles?
I can t honestly see anything in this. No ideas, no commitment nothing. 25 years really is kicking it a long way down the road. I note that the Germans got their "duales sysytem" for packaging waste up in 3 years a mere 25 years ago
What would be even better would be teaching people not to throw things like this down the toilet in the first place. "If it ain''t been through your pipes don''t put it down the toilet pipes"
Norway has had bottle deposit return system in ALL supermarkets for over 20 years. Easier to centrally mandate it in a smaller country no doubt, but plenty of lessons available to help the U.K. Catch up.
Well done to Amazon for using what would have normally been "dead" space for this solar array and not using a farmer''s field. More big companies need to take this approach to solar generation and use the space above our heads more.
The only way to deal with waste plastic is to recycle drink containers, easily separated from other packaging, and burn the rest to generate electricity. Enough is known on the construction of suitable furnaces for this purpose. It must be a project entirely in the hands of HMG, not handed out to private undertakings who have no co-operative approach. Richard Phillips
" (GLA) and Transport for London (TfL) have allocated 4.5m to 25 London boroughs to roll-out 1,500 new charging points." That is 3,000 per point, all paid for by ratepayers, how long is the pay back time?? All for the benefit if those able to buy relatively expensive electric cars!! Richard Phillips
Plastic is easy to see - PM2.5s aren''t. Theresa Mays speech highlights the complete lack of understanding that is causing the premature deaths of 60 000 Brits annually. It''s no surprise that the NHS is under unprecedented strain. Where is the joined up thinking - there is no prevention strategy. Gov think everything is solved by tax . Air pollution affects us all - if you can''t breathe nothing else matters - just because we can''t see PM2.5 doesn''t mean this Government can ignore it. So why is she ignoring this report?: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/every-breath-we-take-lifelong-impact-air-pollution
Argh!!! Regulations and Red Tape!! Apparently it is illegal to fit a heating system without a room thermostat and a tank thermostat. The tank I can understand (if fitted) as there''s no point in heating the water hotter than it needs to be which is also dangerous. 60C is as hot as it needs to kill Legionella so no point going higher. A programmable tank thermostat would be good so you can run a legionella cycle once a week but only heat to 55C the other 6. But the room thermostat? In the hall? Controlling the entire CH circuit? Where is the thinking behind that? Stuck in the 19th century obviously. If the "master" thermostat says "I''m at temperature thank you, please shut down" what happens to the rest of the house if it isn''t at temperature? Do the TRVs become obsolete? If so then all that happens is we try to heat our halls to a higher temperature just to ensure the living room is warm which is a total waste of energy. So much for "Zoned" heating if the whole system is controlled by 1 dumb thermostat in a cold hall. Surely it is not beyond the realms of 21st century electronics to come up with a control system that monitors and adjusts demand on the CH circuit according to inputs from all the TRVs, remote room thermostats and even external temperature sensors so that each radiator (or underfloor heating unit) get the right amount of hot water to achieve the desired temperature, using IFTTT logic. Precise heating control means only the energy needed is used and if the system is all at temp then it goes into standby, the boiler is off, the pump isn''t running and the meters stop ticking. A Raspberry Pi, some wires, perhaps some micro sensor and a few algal rhythms might be all it needs. Trouble is I''m used to dealing with silicon in a different form. Perhaps I am missing something but I have yet to find a system that does this. Any options others have found gratefully received, especially if it does away with the bloody hall thermostat :-)
@William Walbank - I agree with you about the confusion over units. It''s all well and good talking about power when what is more important is supply. I have a 135amp-hr 12v battery on my boat. I can draw 1 amp from this for 67hrs without damaging the cells or 67amps for 1hr. If I tried to dray 135amps out of it I could do it for 30mins or totally destroy the cells. Battery storage on a grid scale has got to be able to supply power for a prolonged period or it will be next to useless. It is time to talk Watt Hours not "homes"
Another useless article - What is capacity of the battery backup banks in kWh or MWh ? It gives power output - but for how long? The slack editorial practice of quoting output power rating only ( MW/kW) when often the data was intended to be energy capacity (MWh/kWh) is all too common in Journals that should know better. In so many cases the author''s intent is not clear and evaluating the system performance potential is confusing or impossible.
Dear Edie.net and Readers, Becoming a world leader in resource efficiency really does not matter at all. Due to its natural conditions and factors, it is a non-competitive win => everybody wins, the earlier they start the longer term they have to enjoy the fruits. Sustainability either we mention environmental, social, economical or legal responsibilities, if we emphasize the case of the Innocent Drinks, we have to acknowledge that philanthropy comes first. And second and third... Raising awareness and creating consciousness is the first and evermost important task of any governments. The UK PM might also refer to the UN SDGs, or just commit herself to the wellbeing of its home country. Best, Fatima
"This is completely different to plastic bags, where you could opt out of buying one and bring your own bag." - you can opt to buy and bring your own reusable water bottle increasingly there are cafes around which will refill you for free, see Refill.org.uk "What alternative will we have to all the many things sold just in plastic bottles? I buy olive oil in glass bottles and the price hike on plastic is more than 5 pence." Olive oil isn''t a single use plastic so it hopefully won''t apply, which is apt as a fizzy drink bottle is so much more likely to be drunk out and about and then improperly disposed of than something like cosmetic bottle