In any conversation about renewables, it’s the question sceptics, detractors and the just plain unconvinced always ask. “What happens when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine?” Now they might find the answer tucked away on a raw hill close to the M4 in South Wales. It’s an array of storage batteries from… Continue reading
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IKEA has the last laugh. What’s the funny Swedish name for energy self-sufficiency?
Isn’t there something about the IKEA brand that we British don’t take entirely seriously? We are full of respect for John Lewis, and Fortnum and Masons and Harrods, but when we picture this jaunty Swedish furniture and household goods company I think many of us can’t resist a smile. At those funny (apparently) made up… Continue reading →
Could solar meet world's energy needs by 2027?
Here’s a man who is outrageously optimistic about solar power. You may think he’s being hopelessly positive, naive even, but read this. Most of futurist Ray Kurzweil’s apparently accurate predictions come from his law of accelerating returns. According to him there’s an exponential progress in information technology. Advances feed on themselves, to help create the… Continue reading →