Energy studies

Technology Strategy Board Retrofit for Future a study to minimise CO2 emissions for typical UK housing comparing Combined Heat and Power District Heating with Insulation. March 2011

  Executive Summary.   This work illustrates that the objective of minimising CO2 emissions from a typical late 1960s/early 1970s London houses in a terrace of five houses, is to connect them to district heating. Connection to the district heating gives a lower capital cost per tonne of CO2 displaced than alternative insulation measures. The analysis also shows the importance of considering the se... »

Papers in Energy Policy from Mark Delucchi and Mark Jacobson, Stanford / California University USA – 100% renewable energy at reasonable prices and timescales

Mark Jacobson and Mark Delucchi recently published two papers in Energy Policy expanding upon our article on 100% wind, water, and solar power for the world, published in Scientific American in November 2009. I am attaching corrected in-press proofs of the articles. Mark and I continue to work on various aspects of this, so we welcome comments on these papers. (Please do not distribute them system... »

Government to shift resources from wind power to nuclear power in ERM – Energy Market Reform…….by Dr Dave Toke

A letter on this subject was published in the Guardian today, 27th December 2010 – for further info…. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne is heralding  a move towards giving nuclear power  guaranteed subsidies from electricity consumers whilst going back to the discredited 1990s approach of awarding contracts to supply wind power throu... »

German government major conclusions of a review of energy policy in its Energiekonzept.

On 14 September 2010 09:42, Matt Phillips  In case you have not studied the German Energiekonzept document, below are some informal notes on what it says. Last week the German government released its major conclusions of a review of energy policy in its Energiekonzept. If your German is up to scratch, here it is: . A... »

Suppressed Government peak oil dossier – anyone got a copy please?

Dear Clavertonians, Received this from Mobbsey the other week (see below)…wondered if any of you could locate a “leak” of this particular British Government document to share with the rest of us even though David MacKay couldn’t get his paws on one…we owe it to our nation to tell the truth…can’t remember how to conjugate the Latin (please do remind me), bu... »

UK electricity energy generation statistics – proportion of thermal, nuclear, wind and other renewable energy sources

total generationn: 371,978 TWh of which: renewables 7% coal 28% nuclear 18% gas 45% other fuels 1% imports 1%   The renewables breaks down into:     wind  11.6% large hydro 5.8 % landfill gas 23% other biomas – 57% Other (inc small hydro) –  1.8%   All the figures should be in DUKES 2009 : »

Decarbonising europe – European Climate found general consensus on one way forward for low carbon, affordable energy?

Dear all,   I would like to introduce you to the analysis Dave mentions below and point everyone to the material at . Just today more of the underlying material has been added to the site for download.   The analysis examined plausible 80%-by-2050 decarbonisation pathways for Europe and then conducted a deep dive into electricity. This involved modeling the entire European elect... »

How much of UK electricity could come from the burning of combustible wastes from both domestic and industrial sources?

David In March 2005 the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Renewable Power Association (RPA) published a report titled “The Quantification of the Potential Energy from Residuals (EfR) in the UK (Lee P et al. 2005).  A briefing on this report was included in Energy Journal 160, (Crudginton A. 2007).  The report indicated that the potential yield from municipal solid waste and commercial a... »

Call for papers on 'Embedded Carbon in New Design' for the Proceedings of ICE – Energy journal

The journal Proceeding of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Energy encourages paper submissions on the topic of Embedded Carbon in New Design. The call for papers is here: »

The connection between Dixieland, Weighing the Earth, the First World War and Free Markets

Dixieland is the line separating Maryland and the South from the rest of the USA, and the actual line was surveyed in the 1780 by two English men, Mason and Dixon who plotted the contentious Mason Dixon line – hence the name. (well its is one commonly accepted explanation). They noted that there were systematic errors which they could not explain – ie when they got back to the beginnin... »