Electric buses using super-capacitors

By being re-charged in a quick way, and frequently, a new kind of electric bus is running in Nottingham’s twin city of Minsk.
Environmentally friendly cos they are low weight, but challenging to operational use cos they need re-charging so frequently, and can you always know that jams won’t stop them reaching recharging stations in time?
The buses are made in Minsk, although the super-capacitors come from China.


An Inconvenient Sequel

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“An Inconvenient Sequel” to “An Inconvenient Truth” and Al Gore has decided the way to go, after all Trump has said and done, is to say we need to act on climate change anyway, and even if aspects look bleak, plenty of movements for radical change have reached this stage before the final breakthrough.
So he shows –
how people moved to get India on board for the Paris declaration agreed last year,
– how Chile has gone from 500MW of solar power generation to 13.3GW in less than a year,
– how a right-wing Texas city mayor embracing the new energy technologies cos it provides better value for money, counter to the new kind of denial that the alternative energy technologies can work in reality.
He celebrates the DSCover satellite taking full pictures of the planet earth every day.
Meanwhile, dramatic images show –
– a Greenland glacier popping in the warmer temperatures;
– Hurricane Sandy flooding New York before the year he predicted; and a typhoon ripping through the Philipines;
– what “rain bombs” look like;
– the Zika virus spread through the USA being more widespread than predicted and ridicules the public health response;
– that whatever else has beset Syria, the problems started with a drought longer than any known for 900 years and 1.5 million climate change refugees.
So action is needed.
Reviewers have not been kind to the movie, but I found the points it made stuck, especially the point on Syria. Go see.

MOzES AGM 2016

Presentations on –
* Project Sensible which is planning to introduce big batteries and other energy management techniques in up to 40 homes in The Meadows, from February onwards;
* Alan Simpson gave a talk entitled ‘People Like Us’, covering best practice from abroad, particularly from Germany.


Hinkley Point C approval – the future lumbered by the past

Met a Co-op member on the bus back from a women’s refuge AGM. Was I going to the Alan Simpson presentation on energy to the Nottingham Central Co-Op branch? Now, I was.

On the day when Theresa May approved Hinkley Point C.
Contrast with Alan Simpson’s examples from Germany (and The Meadows) of hope.
Insulation. Local generation. Energy storage. Control of local networks.
Germany’s national embrace of tackling climate change and stopping nuclear, combined with devolution of power.
Poignant that Alan’s presentation was in the Nottingham Mechanics.  Founded in an era when more was done locally and a bigger belief in engineering.
(I hope to be able to add / link to Alan’s slides.)


Green Progress in The Meadows

Further to a post celebrating progress by Nottingham city, a short summary of the progress in The Meadows, with an update on Project Sensible and a link to the Jeremy Corbyn video that draws heavily from experience in The Meadows.

Such green achievements in The Meadows include –
– bus priority measures – the bus lane along Meadows Way East;
– tram services at 3 stops in The Meadows plus ‘ng2’ and Midland station;
– decades of taking heat from waste before landfill at Eastcroft (Meadows);
– new green housing off Green Street, and off Wilford Crescent West; and new green council housing in the west of The New Meadows; and and an exemplar green house;.
– helping solar panels to be installed on properties, by both NCH and MOzES – the Meadows own energy services company;
– a hundred and more enjoying lower price energy using a council owned business – Robin Hood Energy – whose income is ploughed back into lower prices, and have amongst the cheapest pre-payment schemes;
– planning policies to reduce the need to travel, and improvements to walking and cycling routes; to require greener buildings, including in the newest council housing;
– warmer homes through the decent homes programmes for council housing;
– energy efficient street lighting; with new lighting being provided at the end of this month for walkers and cyclists using Victoria Embankment;
– simple recycling (mainly doorstep) available to every household;
– schools involved in growing their own food (Greenfields and (I think) Victoria (ex-Riverside);
– testing the use of batteries to store energy rather than immediately send it into the grid (Project SENSIBLE).

On Project SENSIBLE, Julian Marsh reports
“The tenders for the domestic batteries and monitoring systems is currently being sought with prices expected back at the end of the month. This will enable us to firm up on numbers. It is hoped that we can start the meetings with the final volunteers in November and December and then begin the installations at the beginning of the New Year.
“The School system is currently having its tender documents put together and this will be tendered mid-October. Installation will either be Christmas or Easter in the School breaks.
“The Mundella Building is currently having its performance specification finalised and prices for that will be put forward by the Design and Build Contractor.
“Some of you will have been at the Meadows Library … to hear Jeremy Corbyn launch what we hope will be the Labour Party policy on energy – based largely on a community model. Mozes has helped by putting forward ideas for this and so we got the honour of being the location for the press release and for the attached little film which focusses specifically on what we are doing in the Meadows.”


The video can be seen at – https://youtu.be/y5t8m1RXG9A


Corbyn in The Meadows

Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign has launched their energy and climate change national policy at The Meadows Library.

The Meadows was chosen because of Nottingham’s green and energy initiativesa lot being made of Robin Hood Energy which celebrates its first birthday today – and because of the green initiatives within The Meadows – new eco / energy efficient homes, MOzES (a local energy services company) and Project SENSIBLE (an EU project for which the local component is exploring the use of batteries to store electricity before transmitting it back out to the national power network).
No doubt the policy and the speech (which was read) will become available in full elsewhere.
The event itself was a press conference and 6 journalists attended.  Their questions prompted unscripted chat and a different kind of interest.
* BBC East Midlands quoted the GMB as saying this new policy won’t keep the lights on.  This view is a bit disappointing, given insulation has the potential to reduce the need for something like Hinckley Point C which is some years away and going to cost a lot of money and will supply energy at a high price.  Insulation in Nottingham has made people feel prouder of their homes, reduced fuel bills and given people work.
* The Press Association asked why this issue had been driven down the agenda.  Jeremy said this always happens, until there is a crisis, and then panic measures are brought forward.  Alan Simpson said with climate change, crises were going to become the new norm.
* The Guardian (check) asked given the cost of the green initiatives, why an emphasis on being world leaders on climate change, especially given the new resolve of the USA and China. Here, some acknowledgement that Britain had under Labour provided a world leadership role, but there is a desire to be ambitious about this.
* Notts TV wondered if deprived families hadn’t got other priorities than sustainability.  Rather like Lilian Greenwood in Clifton, Jeremy had found that people in his constituency were very interested once their homes had been improved and their fuel bills were down.
* Bloomberg asked whether Robin Hood Energy was seen as the blueprint.  Jeremy said he was impressed, but I noticed the potential to misunderstand RHE as green, when the limit to the tariffs it can currently offer means it doesn’t yet offer a green package.
* The Nottingham Post asked whether Jeremy was going to catch the tram to attend his rally at The Forest.  He wasn’t, but he had used the Nottingham tram before, and he also wanted to celebrate the buses in Nottingham.  (Kinda disappointing from the N Post – we all have events to get to in circumstances that mean we can’t use the greenest option – just a trite point.)
* Scisco Media asked about population growth.
A bit doubtful about these policy statements are something that should distinguish leadership candidates that much since policy is something that the party should determine.
Jeremy then went on to address a rally at The Forest


Cities’ green energy pledge

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A commitment for 2050 ahead of the Paris climate change world conference.