Wednesday, February 28, 2007

New beginnings

OK today was my last day at work at CRES, I am leaving the Environmental Policy Dept., after 6 very interesting years full of renewable energy, and tomorrow I'm starting at my new position, at the Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment and Cultural Heritage, a very active Greek NGO, where I'll be doing mostly conservation work, a long awaited dream, and some general energy/environmental framework stuff. So lots of biodiversity stuff coming up!

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Heavy skies

Finally some rain, so much heavy energy accumulating over the city all these days...let's see if we're gonna get a much needed northerly too...

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Molina solo in Athens

A truly beautiful evening last night with Jason Molina performing live for very few people in Athens, at Planet Music.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

UK: Microgeneration is on!

Swift 1.5kW Rooftop Wind Turbine - BowZED Housing Development, London

An array of 5 Swifts, atop TESCO, in Diss, Norfolk

Two Proven 2.5 kW turbnines, integrated with PV panels and signage for Sainsbury's, Greenwich, London.

The Iskra AT5-1, 5 kW, turbine in Worksop, Nottinghamshire

A pair of AT5-1s powering the new Environmental Education Centre in Rushcliffe Country Park, Ruddington, near Nottingham

Phase 2 of the DTI’s Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) opens, it is the successor to the old Clear Skies program. Grants are available for the supply and installation of any combination of the following technologies:

  • Solar photovoltaics
  • Solar thermal hot water
  • Wind turbines
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Automated wood pellet stoves
  • Wood fuelled boiler system

So hurry up and order your own home wind turbine, while supplies last!

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

More Bush bull on ANWR

The coastal plains of ANWR's 1002 area (photo: USGS)
Here we go again. Bush aims to open up ANWR, specifically area 1002 (see January 8th post), to oil and gas leasing by 2009, according to the administration's proposed 2008 Budget released yesterday. I wonder if he's ever even bothered to read the report "Cumulative Environmental Effects of Oil and Gas Activities on Alaska's North Slope", published by the National Research Council in 2003.

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Friday, February 02, 2007

IPCC: The Physical Basis of Climate Change

The IPCC Working Group I - Fourth Assessment Report Summary for Policymakers (SPM) is now approved and available for download here. The contribution describes progress in understanding of the human and natural drivers of climate change, observed climate change, climate processes and attribution, and estimates of projected future climate change. Read the British Antarctic Survey's (BAS) response here.

Via Gristmill: The hot story around this release is the conservative edge to the final product, which does not fully account for the melting of the Greenland and/or Antarctic ice sheets. The report is consensus-based, and as such carefully written and meticulously reviewed. The process is heavily bureaucratic, a maze of international political and scientific red tape, which is both its strength and weakness. While its level of international cooperation attests to its conclusions, scientists have struggled with how to model variables like melting ice sheets. Taking into consideration the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheet is likely to move measurements of the sea level rise from inches to feet or meters within this century. Uncertainties in the science need to be addressed with more research, certainly not the proposed cutback in funding for climate studies. That means public awareness needs to be raised about two things: the missing pieces, and future IPCC reports that include models of disintegrating ice sheets.

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Wind speed at light speed

This is ZephIR, a highly accurate wind velocity lidar measurement for wind turbine farms, that we just acquired here at the CRES demo wind farm. It's a very unique piece of technology that measures the Doppler shift of laser radiation scattered by atmospheric aerosols in order to provide the user with the wind speed and direction at multiple heights up to 150 m. It also quantifies wind behaviour in terms of both turbulence and wind shear. It's fast to deploy and redeploy, with no requirement for planning permission.

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