Category Archives: sustainable

What happens when the carbon bubble pops?

One of the issues regarding energy that often gets missed is the financial implications of the transition away from fossil fuels. With assets worth many trillions of dollars, which a transition away from oil could well render worthless, one has … Continue reading

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Why the UK’s railways were privatised

I came across this interesting piece from the FT some time ago, that looks into the decision to privatise British Rail back in the 1990’s. Given the recent debate about re-nationalisation, it is perhaps worth watching. During the video, ex-Tory minister … Continue reading

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A good day for solar

I happened to be watching the status of the UK grid the other day and I noticed how solar power was a one point running at just short of 9 GW’s, which given the grid was drawing about 30 GW’s … Continue reading

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The first self-driving car accident

Somewhat disturbing footage came out last week showing a pedestrian pushing a bike being run over by a Uber driver-less car. The footage shows that indeed the car failed to stop, despite the numerous sensors mounted on it that should … Continue reading

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2017 a year in review: The death of coal

2017 might have been a bit of rotten year all round, but it was good year for renewable energy. The UK recorded a record low in terms of carbon intensity, with an average value of 233 gCO2/kWh (against a historical … Continue reading

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A closer estimate on nuclear energy cost options

Originally posted on daryanblog:
I stumbled across a tool from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, which purports to calculate the full cycle cost of nuclear energy. While it has its limitations, I think does highlight a few interesting points.…

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Peak Sand

An interesting video here from the Economist regarding a growing resource scarcity problem, that of a shortage of sand. Sand is crucial for building projects, notably the production of concrete. Sand is also used for coastal defence to shore up … Continue reading

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