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Why the IPCC is so obsessed with appearing an equal-opportunity learned body:

Jun 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM | Registered Commenteromnologos

Re generators.

If anyone is interested I can dig out and digitise the drawings I produced for a friend too far from the grid here in rural France.

It consists of an 8kw diesel generator, a 2.5kw inverter with deep cycle batteries and a 1000 litre fuel tank. It has been running for the last 6.5 years with only standard maintenance on the engine.

In this setup the inverter is the key element as it does all the switching and generator starting. The particular inverter also has provision for mains power bypass and auto takeover on mains fail.

Jun 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM | Unregistered Commenterivan


Thank you - it appears the Research Council of Norway is not only (1) recommending that additional research be undertaken into the activity variations of the sun, the mechanism of cloud formation, and the multi-decadal variations in ocean current systems but also (2) admitting that our current understanding of the natural variations is very limited and (3) blaming this state of affairs on the limited funding available for basic as opposed to agenda-driven research.

I wonder to what extent this viewpoint will be reflected in AR5? (Just kidding!)

Jun 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM | Registered Commentermatthu

Philip Bratby 9.33am enquired about my generator set up.
1. 2.2KW chinese made petrol generator (£199) to which I added 12" of flexible stainless steel exhaust to pass through garage wall to outside.
2. Called in electrician to fit 60A changeover switch next to consumer unit. Has to be 60A because in normal non generator use the household load passes through it. Cost £100
3. Fitted a blue 230v input socket to the body of the 60A switch.
4. Added fuel additive (lawnmower shop) to prolong life of fuel in tank which holds enough to run 13 hours.
5. Hang length of blue 13A cable complete with end fittings in garage next to generator.
6.When mains fails run out cable, connect and throw changeover switch having first ensured no heavy load is running.
7. Manage supply according to following loads, total not to exceed 2000VA

TV and Sky box 160VA
Computer etc 180VA
Freezer max (starting) 850VA
Central heating pump 60VA
Lights 500VA?
Fridge start 950VA Run 80VA

Jun 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Hanwell

Plans for carbon-capture power station abandoned

Environmental Campaigners are pleased that a coal fired power station is not being built:

Environmentalists welcome Ayrshire Power's withdrawal of plans for coal-fired station at Hunterston due to financial concerns.

Controversial plans to build a major coal-fired power station in Ayrshire using unproven "clean coal" technology have been abandoned, to the delight of environmental campaigners.

While we can be content that money will not be wasted on CCS because the technology has not been proved.

Several major pilot projects, including a £1bn scheme to retrofit CCS at Longannet power station in Fife, have been cancelled in the last few years because of doubts over their financial and technical viability.

It is only the consumers who are being left out in the cold!

Jun 27, 2012 at 1:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobert Christopher

Some hand-wringing here about a scientist at Sao Paulo having the temerity to teach scepticism about AGW:

Climate Denial Hits Brazil

Jun 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterTurning Tide

Another positive bit of news:

Research Council Of Norway Recommendation: More Research On Natural Causes Of Climate Change! -- 'Calls for a profound change of course in climate research'

Jun 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM | Registered Commenterpeterwalsh

I wonder how the doom merchants will prevent us from benefiting from this good news:

LEDs are bringing a lighting revolution to our cities not seen since the days of Thomas Edison. The quantum dynamics that create light in the LED semiconductor represent as much of a technology step change as the move from candles to incandescent lamps in the 19th century.


——Efficiency. Energy savings from 50% to 70% compared with conventional technologies result in similar cuts to carbon emissions.

——Controllability. Superior control over light color, intensity and direction allows novel lighting system designs that can deliver a wide range of social co-benefits. Outdoor LEDs offer improved visibility for pedestrians and traffic, as well as reduced light pollution. Indoor LED smart control systems have been shown to improve student behavior and study performance. And when smart controls allow LEDs to dynamically change lighting levels in response to conditions, total system energy savings can reach up to 80%.

——Lifespan. Well-designed LEDs are expected to last for 50,000 to 100,000 hours or more. Lifespans can be extended even further by coupling LEDs with smart controls.

The report concentrates on street lighting, a massive energy consumer responsible for up to three percent of world electricity demand, but including total lighting demand, the strategic implications are significant:

The numbers are big. Lighting worldwide accounted for 19% of grid-connected electricity generation and 9% of global energy use in 2006. The 6% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributed to lighting is equivalent to 70% of the emissions from the world’s passenger vehicles.In the United States alone, cutting the energy used by lighting by 40% would save US$53 billion in annual energy costs, and reduce energy demand equivalent to 198 mid-size power stations

Jun 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterDung

"Sad to see that Paul McCartney has fallen for the greenpeace mantra."

I thought he was one of the instigators!

Jun 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

How much did the Met office spend...just to get this result? H/T GWPF
Reminder: Met Office Computer Models Are Complete Rubbish
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Met Office 3-month Outlook, 23 March 2012: "The forecast for average UK rainfall slightly favours drier-than-average conditions for April-May-June as a whole, and also slightly favours April being the driest of the 3 months. With this forecast, the water resources situation in southern, eastern and central England is likely to deteriorate further during the April-May-June period... This forecast is based on information from observations, several numerical models and expert judgement."


April: 2012 had wettest April for 100 years, Met Office says "It has been the wettest April in the UK for over 100 years, with some areas seeing three times their usual average, figures from the Met Office show. Some 121.8mm of rain has fallen, beating the previous record of 120.3mm which was set in 2000."

June: June on course to be wettest in a century: Flooding, storms and persistent showers have blighted the country in recent weeks putting this June in line to become one of the soggiest in 100 years.

25 June: Spring is wettest in Britain for 250 years - England and Wales are on course for the wettest late spring and early summer for 250 years, experts said yesterday. June has just seen its fourth washout weekend and yet more downpours are forecast. Now it is feared combined rainfall for April, May and June will break the record of 13.2in (336mm) set in 1782 and be the highest since records began in 1766.

Maybe they should stick to long term forecasting where they aren't always totally wrong! The reason I say that is that none of us will be alive in 100 years so we can't be absolutely certain how accurate they will be, futurewise!

Jun 26, 2012 at 4:07 PM | Registered Commenterpeterwalsh

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