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More construction firms need to explore new zero-carbon build designs like PassivPod if they are to meet their future legal obligations - Clive Bonny
Thanks Nicola for raising this topic. From my own experience being independently assessed annually since 2012 against Responsible Business Standards as a small firm has helped me win business with large supply chains. It''s also saved me the admin and costs of ISO which are not cost-effective for small firms.
Stop the link via the Grid to the burning of Fossil Fuels or better still DO NOT plug into the Grid, instead develop Hydrogen or other technology which does not cause emissions in use. STOP subsidising Fossil Fuels and fund Zero emissions concepts.
@ Neal - I lived in Aberdeen for 12 years so I am well aware of the weather in that corner of the country. Yes it gets more daylight in summer but that is not much use when it only gets 6hrs daylight in winter unless this "farm" was linked directly to a proper storage system (and I am not talking batteries). I happen to be a fan of solar but not for Grid scale generation without associated storage to deal with the night hours, bad weather hours, winter etc variations. I have solar panels on my boat to charge my 12v batteries so I know exactly how the system works and how even a small cloud drastically reduces the efficiency of the system (like a 95% drop in charge amperage). As @ Iain says Scotland is rich in sustainable alternatives from tidal stream to pumped storage hydro and traditional hydro. I can see the massive hydro scheme powering the aluminium smelter here in Fort William from where I type. I say develop more of this reliable, sustainable resource than waste taxpayers money on a scheme that is unsuitable for the latitude. If something is only viable due to subsidies then realistically is it financially viable? Should we as taxpayers be subsidising a company just to plant solar panels in a field? It is that that annoys me and not the actual development itself.
I agree with Keiron, a total waste of money and no doubt signed off by a muddle headed organisation who have little understanding of the true cost of solar electricity at this latitude. I suspect that overall the installation will be energy negative (took more to produce the cells than will ever be created) so how does that make sense. Scotland is rich in wave, wind and hydro - but not sun. Seems like gesture politics and greed for subsidies at work.
In response to Keiron, I grew up in this part of the world and, yes, while daylight is limited during the winter, the inverse of this is that there are long days through the summer months (if that''s what you can call them). Moray also has a pretty reliable micro-climate due to its position relative to the Cairngorms and you don''t tend to see much haar coming off the Moray Firth - to the east, off the North Sea, absolutely. Furthermore, it may look quite remote on the map from wherever you''re viewing it but there is a good density of population around the site. Speyside and its many distilleries is nearby, not to mention Elgin and RAF Lossiemouth. There may be more sun in the south of the country but does that mean we shouldn''t install renewables in the north? Absolutely not. All installed capacity will make a difference if it''s replacing fossil generation. I can only assume Elgin Energy have worked out that it IS financially viable. Try to be a bit more positive. :)
How much electricity will this actually produce? No not the peak but the actual, real world, when it is pouring down with rain or the haar rolls in capacity. Solar is of limited value this far north so I am truly sceptical it will be financially viable or even make any difference. In winter this area of Britain struggles to get 6hrs of daylight let alone sunlight. If we, as a country, want to install this kind of solar capacity then it has to be installed in the sunny, drier, SE corner where there are the people demanding the power and not stuck up in a remote corner of the North of Scotland.
As members of the Coors family fundraised for Trump, I would be more impressed if they spoke out in support of the Paris climate agreement....
But how is "efficiency" defined? I will bet that it has nothing to do with the technical definitions that would spring to mind for the physicist! Tick boxes??? Richard Phillips
Well, lets get building our own energy from waste plants then, which will provide jobs in uk. Lets spend the money required to manage our own waste and turn it into power. Marg
Does this include lithium battery recycling?
When will Ford sell these vans in the United States?
Yes the biggest way we can all reduce our energy bills is to not use as much or more accurately not waste as much. Simple acts like turning off lights, using a 30 C wash cycle, hanging laundry to dry instead of the tumble dryer etc mean we reduce our demand and our waste thus reducing the amount of power we need and therefore our cost.
Great! This is right! We should put pressure on our MPs to force legislation in this area (and elsewhere concerning the environment). Keep it up Aldi and Sainsbury!
The future of zero emissions vehicle is hydrogen power. There are already TfL buses running in London on hydrogen that have the same range as petrol or diesel vehicles, so why is this new LECV taxi a petrol/electric hybrid? It should be remembered that modern petrol engines produce almost as much NOx as a diesel because their combustion flame temperature is now almost that of diesel. There are just 7 hydrogen filling stations inside the M25, so why is the Mayor of London planning to install 1,500 more electric charging points in the capital? Clearly we need a mix of both.
Totally agree with what Martin Chilcott said. I found it amazing that the UK had no battery recycling when you think of the population and the lifestyle
You're absolutely right. There isn't one mention of hydrogen... there are five. See 'Will London ever be a car-free city?' in the above.
Absolutely amazing, NOT one mention of hydrogen. Time to fund and develop hydrogen technologies and then invest in scale up. It is absolutely clear that all the plans to maintain status quo have had little effect over the past 25 years. Need to go for the only clean energy avail;able at present and make it low-cost affordable to all. Way out costly tech is not going to make it when incomes have been driven down. Why is it that the car is always the mode of transport to get rid of, I see those efficient buses with a 9 litre diesel running with NO passengers at all and mostly about 6 to 12 these routes should have hydrogen mini buses. The future is hydrogen powered drones so start planning for future and not modifying the past.
This is a business matter, totally unconcerned with the technical virtues or vices of an intermittent power supply from dilute naturally variable sources. As long as Governmental and private speculators throw money at "renewable" electricity, the "market place" will react. Greed and fear are the driving forces. Richard Phillips
Where are you suggesting we generate the 52 terawatt hours of extra capacity that will be needed just to cope with demand from electric vehicle charging? And how do you propose building and installing enough offshore wind turbines? There isn''t the capacity in the "jackup" installation fleet to do this in a realistic timescale. Then there is the matter of service and maintenance for these offshore turbines which requires a fleet of service ship all running on Fuel Oil so you still have the fossil fuel input. Do you propose to fill the North Sea with turbines thereby denying the waters to recreational sailing and presenting problems to commercial shipping navigating this basin? Sorry to sound so negative but someone has to ask the questions
Great news but what has this got to do with Brexit. This could have been set up even if we were staying in the EU. No? Cheap headline. Shame on you.
A key problem is lack of awareness of water saving devices by users and complacency by suppliers. Small UK firms like Akrovalve need to be recognised and rewarded by water authorities
Why are interviews with leaders of industry with company policies and little if any outside of the box thinking. What is perhaps needed is to have an open forum where people with concepts which may well prove to be a disruptor can have an input if they wish. At some point those people making decisions will have to move away from picking and directing winners which produce a step change and decide on any concept/project which stands a chance of working. There will obviously be losers but there will also be the all important winners. Why decide against developing a Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator because it might not work, when the attitude should and will HAVE to be lets push this until we prove that it will not work. There is still too much support in decision making bodies for Fossil Fuels and petrol engines are being funded ????????
Very focused article - in a good way! These are the sorts of information summary / propositions that need to be included in any local or national campaign to ensure that we DON''T as a country sleepwalk into a situation we really do not need!! Same sort of thing re nuclear energy.... where we as a country give in to the supposed need for more electricity - without the hard work (as some would see it) of the effort to cut the need for the increased usage...... The argument must start with the bottom line..... make it cheaper as well as more effective..... EXAMPLES - plastic bag usage.... a brilliant example that is easy for the man on the street to understand!! - lets do it for throwaway coffee cups!!!