PV solar panels for a crazy world

A layman’s guide to peak oil

March 12th, 2013

Looking back through human history, there has always been insights on the horizon before any major change or upheaval. The massive increase in population and industry since 1965 is arriving at a time when the amount of oil available and reduced over the same period. Another insight, almost certainly!

Oils peak production graph.

Oils peak production graph.

Imagine, If you had to travel from John ‘O’ Groats to Lands End on half a tank of fuel. You know that once the fuel gauge hits empty, then you will have to walk the rest of the way. With this in mind, would you, ease off the accelerator and conserve your fuel for maximum efficiency or hit the throttle harder and rush to your destination without care? Read the rest of this entry »

Humanity needs to grow-up

March 5th, 2013

For a government to admit to a problem, it would first have to have a solution. Using global heating as an example, hearing such news, the people would demand a solution, but there is no solution when every nook and cranny of your civilization works against the obvious solution.

Reducing the burning of hydrocarbons in a world reliant on growth contradicts itself.

This leaves any government impotent and obviously reluctant to admit its shortcomings, so it’s best just to leave it for the next administration, parliament or even generation to deal with.

Scepticism is a far easier solution to adopt than to face the actual problem head-on.

A sceptic comes in two types: Read the rest of this entry »

A tale of stale friendship and the toxic pizza

February 25th, 2013

I have some wonderful and kind long-term friends back in my hometown, but searching for good or appropriate friends in my location seems to be harder to achieve. I write this for my son who one day will read this and hopefully learn from his daddies tale of woe.

Real friendship is forever.

Real friendship is forever.

After dropping off my son to his mothers, I decided Pizza would be a one-off treat for my tea, so I put this half supermarket and half self-made creation into the oven and waited with anticipation and a rumbling tum. Ten minutes later and the house filled with smoke!

Once the thick, toxic smoke had cleared, I discovered that someone had left a plastic grill handle in the bottom of a brand new oven, which I didn’t see when putting my pizza. The pizza was now toxic and as I am about to find out, so was a new friendship. Read the rest of this entry »

Opportunity with PV solar panels

February 23rd, 2013

For as long as I can remember, I have been telling people that PV solar panels (photovoltaic) are a worthwhile investment for not only today but also so far into the future that you can’t yet imagine how.

There's nothing more powerful than when PV solar technologies time has come.

There’s nothing more powerful than when PV solar technologies time has come.

There are very few technologies that last or benefit their owners for over thirty years (Think of the car you were driving three decades ago), but this is not the reason I sing these much-misunderstood technologies praise.

The current incentives for solar panels aren’t set in stone. They will be reduced for later adopters when the inevitable happens, and mainstream people en mass are forced to install, just to keep their energy bills from spiralling out of control. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Richard Branson bought an island?

February 18th, 2013

Most of us assumed that Sir Richard Branson was just eccentric when he treated himself to his very own island. The showman of the corporate world was obviously using his wealth to buy himself the ultimate status symbol. A paradise island trumps a villa in Spain, right?

A more civilised ending to a PV-powered civilisation.

A more civilised ending to a PV-powered civilisation.

The truth, however, is Mr Branson bought himself Necker Island in 1978 as an oil shock sanctuary where he and his family can live out the rest of their days in their paradise retreat while the rest of the world comes to terms with an oil starved civilisation.

The self-made billionaire and Virgin boss attempted to warn the world back in 2010 when he said: “that we should all prepare for an ‘energy crunch’ within the next five years.”.

Speaking with other corporate executives who also support the warning including, chief executive of Scottish and Southern Energy group, and the chief executive of transport operator Stagecoach. Read the rest of this entry »

We love PV solar panels

February 13th, 2013

Over the eight years, I have been within the PV (photovoltaic) solar installation industry, I have noticed one common trait that most householders who have installed solar panels possess – Pride.

PV solar panel pride since 1883.

PV solar panel pride since 1883.

Technology comes in many different guises, and very few manage to invoke high amounts of passion, pride and delight.

Except for the motorcar or more recently the iPhone, technology usually serves a purpose such as cleaning your clothes, but pride in… Read the rest of this entry »