The Fruit Garden

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Food | No Comments
The Fruit Garden

Now that Spring is here, like it or not, I have to head to the garden. Last year it got a bit neglected as we built the garage and it’s too big a garden to be a fair weather gardener! While most of it is given over to lawn (real and fake) and shrubberies etc. […]

The CCS Cash Cow

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Energy, Environmental | No Comments
The CCS Cash Cow

As part of the development of my CCS seminar I’ve been looking into the financial side of these developments. Specifically the ‘R&D’ funding provided by both the EU and the UK government for ‘commericalising’ CCS. There’s a lot of money being spent – but we still don’t have a commercial CCS project in the UK.

Zero Dimension Climate Model

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Environmental | No Comments
Zero Dimension Climate Model

You know when you think something would be straight forward to do, but the more you look into it the more you realise it is really, really difficult? I thought I could build a simple climate model to test some theories and predictions. Turns out climate models are really really complicated, and my coding skills […]

Buildings – But Better

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Shelter | 2 Comments

I won’t deny that this post is based on issues which are close to home. My home to be precise. Across the road they are digging up an old rubbish dump for future development. The view is not terribly inspiring – despite the golden morning sunshine. The fact that there will be new houses just […]

Taking the Plunge

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Environmental | No Comments
Taking the Plunge

I’ve decided to take the plunge and develop a course on Carbon Capture and Storage. Having been involved in a number of projects (all of which so far have failed to come to fruition) I felt it was time to take a fresh look at how we approach identifying and developing CCS sites.

Subterranean Windfarms

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Energy | No Comments

Walking though the city today on the way to work I turned a corner to be buffeted by a gale blowing down the street between the office blocks. Strong wind ranks as one of my most unpleasant weather types – I’d rather have heavy rain or snow. But it occurs to me that there is […]

Shell Needs Bigger Balls

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Energy, Environmental | No Comments

I pass this advert every day on my way home from work. It’s wrong. While I’m not questioning Shell’s ability to inject 2,700 tonnes of CO2 into the Goldeneye fieldĀ – I think their idea of what this looks like is more than a bit wrong.     The diameter of the ball is about the […]