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The Glenmuckloch Pumped Storage Hydro Scheme

Scotland is to get a new pumped storage hydro scheme, not in the Highlands but in the Scottish Borders. With a capacity of 400 MW and an estimated 1.7 GWh of storage this plant can make a meaningful 4 hour contribution to peak generation every day. But wooly arguments made about smoothing intermittent renewables makes it unclear if this commendable strategy is the intended use. Continue reading

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Blowout Week 128

This week we focus on Germany’s Energiewende followed by turning the C in CCS into rock, further job losses expected in UK oil and gas, forecast decline in non-OPEC oil supplies, England not windy enough, unscheduled global oil supply disruptions, more US oil patch bankruptcies, Westinghouse to build nuclear plants in India, Sweden goes nuclear again, Finland to build another nuclear plant, “incident” shuts down Tihange plant, signs of recovery in coal, Brexit to cause loss of UK energy sovereignty, ENSO events influence global temperatures for hundreds of years. Continue reading

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Blowout week 104

In a departure from the normal format I’m kicking off today with a few stories from Germany. Else where there is news of renewables subsidies being cut everywhere, nuclear power expansion everywhere bar Europe, oil price woes, concentrating solar power in Chile, the marijuana harvest straining the US grid and France opts for cheese power over nuclear power. Continue reading

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Blowout Week 75

Our lead story this week features a remarkable discovery by NOAA climate scientists. The global warming “pause”, or “hiatus”, that everyone thought had been going on for most of the last 20 years never happened. Global warming has in fact continued unabated.

More below the “More”, including no change in OPEC output (but North Dakota isn’t worried), low oil prices threaten “big oil”, Libya on the way to becoming a failed state, the UK wind industry threatens the government with legal action, beautiful nukes, German doctors want a moratorium on wind turbines, ex-IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri found guilty in sexual harassment case and yet another Antarctic sea ice record. Continue reading

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Blowout week 40

I lead off this week with the exciting story of the world’s first large scale commercial CCS project in Canada. Published in on a Norwegian website the author observes that the project went from conception to completion in only 5 years and that there are lessons to be learned. It’s not that hard to work out. The boundary Dam project is linked to CO2 enhanced oil recovery which will make the owners money. Continue reading

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Eigg – a model for a sustainable energy future

A short distance off the west coast of Scotland lies the island of Eigg, area 15 square miles, population 87 (2005). It has never had a grid connection to the mainland, so historically its residents have either had to generate … Continue reading

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Blowout week 21

Gazprom’s chairman has describing Europe’s energy shortage as “scary” and ridiculed the EU’s push for wind and solar power as a shambles. Continue reading

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