Archive for ‘UK’s energy today’

Evolution of PV solar panels in a hostile environment

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Last updated on February 14th, 2019 at 10:52 am

As engineers warn of an energy crisis; as all important power station decommissioning dates is kicked further down the road and foreign policies that look more like the opening scenes of an apocalyptic movie.

To free energy and beyond.

To free energy and beyond.

Relying on the establishment to heat and power our lives is increasingly beginning to look foolish!

PV (photovoltaic) solar panel technology has pioneered the road forward for humans within hostile environments since the 1950s.

The first steps into space, exploring the fringes of the solar system and keeping those rovers studying well over a decade beyond their expected lifespan.

Technology has the power to enslave and liberate us in equal measures. Today, solar panels are a real symbol of the latter, and that’s why it now finds itself up against powerful enemies.


And so the corporate resource wars begin

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 10:28 am

Give men a multi-trillion pound oil industry, and they’ll proclaim that God is on their side to justify the slaughter involved in keeping possession of it.

The enemy within.

The enemy within.

This statement is true whether you’re a Presidential Bush, Caliphate, Tony Blair or Saudi Royal – all use religion as justification.

As people, both here and abroad suffer from hunger brought on by greed-based politics, the war drums are beating once more, and those with a vested interest in ‘the spoils of war’ are taking us to war once more. (more…)

Scrabbling about in the dirt and destroying our own countryside

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 10:29 pm

“Go wave your banners while the grownups run the country”.

After years of austerity during when the wealthiest 10% have seen their wealth increase between 50% and 100%.

After years of austerity when the wealthiest 10% have seen their wealth increase between 50% and 100%.

These are the contemptuous words uttered by Richard Holloway a Conservative councillor who was commenting about the austerity protests.

The truth is that 76% didn’t vote Conservative and the working poor whom his party’s policies now besmirch have nothing to lose, but their zero-hours contracts.

Mr Holloway’s and his ‘mockery’ should send shivers down the spine of any parent who cares about what world their children will live. It’s a real eye-opener to the contempt toward the general public that’s hidden behind closed doors and how this power-drunken man has given us a glimpse of the truth. (more…)

The evidence for peak oil is hidden in plain sight

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 05:31 pm

“An old friend while enjoying a beer with me, surprisingly asked me “now the petrol prices are coming down again, doesn’t that show that predictions of peak oil are wrong?”

George Carlin - Hidden in plain sight!

George Carlin – Hidden in plain sight!

“not,” I declared while choking on my Budweiser. “If you see the bigger global political picture, then you should be more inclined to install solar panels on your home not less” I stated.

I backed up my statement saying “You can entirely encapsulate the naivety and arrogance of people through the Sphinx. The world’s academics have spent lifetimes bolstering a contemporary worldview that doesn’t fit the actual evidence. Just like we see with peak oil.” (more…)

Fracking in national parks illustrates our energy desperation

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 01:00 pm

“They say ignorance is bliss, and it was, but now the signs that we are on the wrong side of our civilisation’s peak are everywhere.”

The road ahead is directed by signs.

The road ahead is directed by signs.

The first word on this web site’s home page is “preparing”! I created this site as news that the North Sea oil and gas fields had ‘peaked in its products’ capabilities.

The chancellors recent ‘incentives and subsidies’ for the small-scale oil and gas companies, to tap into the last of the smaller oil fields (deemed uneconomic to the big exploration companies) is extremely telling.

Most signs that reveal our way of life is in trouble are subtle, some you have to read between the lines, but generally speaking, most people choose to ignore them.


President Putin has become the best promoter for solar panels

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 03:06 pm

“You don’t need me to tell you that Vladimir Putin has the whole of Europe in a ‘cheque mate’ position, with his hands firmly on thirty percent of the energy resources we use and ultimately the affordability of heating our homes.”

The squabbling for thinner and thinner energy resources has begun, and we are not in a good position.

An alliance which will affect your ability to heat your home.

An alliance which will affect your ability to heat your home.

Firstly, you need to know the historical context in which we find our current predicament and more importantly, how you can protect your family – despite the power wrangling and muscle flexing now going on within current world affairs.

I used to wonder in my uneducated years, why Adolf Hitler, spread his forces so thinly, which ultimately cost him the war. It wasn’t until I learned about peak oil and the continued fight for energy resources that it became clear. Hitler was attempting to gain full control of Europe and Russia’s primary oil fields. (more…)

The transition from the oil age to the spoil age

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 11:21 pm

“A college professor took a quick survey by asking his undergraduates, whether they cared that their modern lives were heading down a cul-de-sac within their lifetimes.”

The question put to them:

“Would they make the difficult changes in their lives to prolong the technological age or just drive this ship into the ground to keep their current lifestyles today?”

Entering into the spoil age.

Entering into the spoil age.

The telling and winning answer amongst the group was to drive this ship into the ground to keep their current lifestyles. An attitude which is also prolific amongst the general population.

For all the brilliant technologies we have created, humanity has done the classic comedy scenario of painting itself into a corner. The thin and oily vail that holds together our modern world is reliant on a single oil-producing nation in one of the most volatile regions of the world.

And the signs from Saudi Arabia are not good. 60% of the kingdom’s oil comes from the Ghawar oil field that has been producing since 1951. The indications are showing that this strategically important oil field is struggling to keep up with not only our western demands but global demand too. (more…)

Fracking and what it means for Britain

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 12:59 pm

“The Great British debate about wind turbines has always perplexed me because I think they are very elegant and in tune with our historical roots as depicted with the windmill clad landscapes of the acclaimed artist called Constable. However, fracking is the real enemy of the Great British countryside, and wind turbines may be the lesser of two evils.”

Fracking in full-scale production.

Fracking in full-scale production.

The threat of black-outs by the big six energy suppliers has already begun. Threats of withdrawal of investment for the future of the nation’s energy and the political ‘vote buying’ is leaving a bewildered British public scared for the future.

There has never been a point in history where investment in research, development and implementation of newer energy technologies not reflected in the consumer’s final energy costs – So why all the fuss now? (more…)

The powerlessness of being in power

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 05:51 pm

“The recent statements by David Cameron about reducing households energy bills by sacrificing alternative energy support, reminded me of the tales of King Cnut who also attempted to change the course of an inevitable tide without success.”

Politicians are powerless to prevent unaffordable energy costs.

Politicians are powerless to prevent unaffordable energy costs.

To be fair to the Norse King, who apparently was trying to prove to his people that he wasn’t all powerful at all and that he was just an ordinary man.

Mr Cameron and George Osborne’s policies are still attempting to hold back this wave of inevitability while going against the tide, as the rest of the world is striving to become less dependent on fast depleting fossil fuels including oil-rich Saudi Arabia.

After waves of relentless hikes in the cost of powering and heating our homes, the level of arrogance must overshadow even Cnute’s most defining moment. To use a Viking analogy, Mr Cameron is blaming the bail bucket for the ship taking on water. If the boat is sinking, then you don’t throw the bucket overboard, you increase the size and number available. (more…)

Playing the energy tariff switch game?

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 02:59 pm

“When the prime ministers only advice for yet another round of increasing energy costs is to switch tariff and wear a jumper, you know that he is as helpless as the rest of us.”

Find the cheapest tariff.

Find the cheapest energy tariff.

Although there are things you can do to shield yourself from future rises, the prime minister is keeping this information under his hat.

What Mr Cameron should have said was,

“The future of energy within the UK is uncertain, but what is certain is that we cannot guarantee to keep energy down because of a variable factor at home and abroad. Everyone should now begin to look at alternative ways to protect yourselves from the higher costs of future energy in this country.”