As humanity’s greatest achievements in the form of the Voyager one and two spacecraft reach the outskirts of our solar system, whose primitive cameras were realigned to take a photograph of a small blue dot called Earth.
Blue dot Earth.
Very few of the 7 billion people living in that small blue dot, set within the vastness of space, will ever see that poignant image, but the spacecraft launched 35 years ago will be a time capsule of the human experience, and will probably wander lonely and eternally undiscovered for billions of years.
Our planet can also describe as a time capsule, which has wandered around our galaxy, for the most part, shielding its precious cargo of complicated life from the hostile ravages of space and time. Read the rest of this entry »
Our world more vulnerable was last modified: February 17th, 2020 by Stuart Lovatt
Did you realise you were living in the gold before the downward turn occurred?
A very deep and philosophical question, I am aware, but the need to ask that question is at the heart of the challenge of which humanity and its civilisation now faces.
Listening to our politicians in this country abroad, you’d forgive for thinking that the good times are only a belt-tightening a few years away, however, the truth of the matter is that we (western civilisations) no longer have the tools to recreate the golden age of the last century.
Our industry doesn’t have the abundance of cheap oil and energy which previous generations benefited. Our industries and our manufacturing, which puts the great into Great Britain, now belong to the Chinese people. They’re newfound wealth and status is solely down to them inheriting our manufacturing industries. Read the rest of this entry »
The golden age of cheap oil was last modified: February 17th, 2020 by Stuart Lovatt
It’s taken a while to implement, but the solar industry is now gearing up for another successful year, with the announcement of the Renewable Heat incentive scheme for solar heating panels and evacuated tubes.
First announced by the Labour government in 2009 and after a consultation period, the scheme is not designed to reward early adopters of solar heating for being the first to install these low-carbon technologies.
Later adopters will get a lower rate of return or if you leave it too long into the future, or possibly no incentive at all because the scheme is designed to reduce as installation numbers rise. Read the rest of this entry »
Solar heating panels and the Renewable Heat Incentive was last modified: September 6th, 2020 by Stuart Lovatt
In the early 20th-century, it would have been an inside toilet which would have been a house buyer’s not essential but must have the deal sealer. In the early 21st-century, it turns out that PV solar panels (photovoltaic) are the new must-have equipment desired by house buyers of today.
PV solar panels are the cherry on a very desirable cake.
Also, a good 3G mobile connection and a spacious wardrobe are other desirable extras, for purchasers in the new age, according to a poll of over 1,000 house buyers by ING Direct.
This year has seen cut after the cut for the incentives for microgeneration technologies including PV solar panels, have meant (sorry Gordon Brown) a continuous boom after a bust for an industry trying to compete with a global market whose vision extends further than the next election. Read the rest of this entry »
The UK’s PV solar panel industry was last modified: February 17th, 2020 by Stuart Lovatt
Is modern civilisation sprinting in a long distance race?
The road to a successful species.
Certain changes in my life, including the birth of my son have called into question for me, the fundamental question. Are we as a species really successful?
For a few generations including my own, the outlook was bright; progress was bountiful with year on year developments in medicine, technology and agriculture. This progressive golden age has increased our species numbers like never before. Success is ours, or is it? Read the rest of this entry »
Is humanity as successful as it thinks? was last modified: February 17th, 2020 by Stuart Lovatt
We empowered the early PV-pioneers and continue to help EV-owners following in their savvy footsteps.