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Last blade being lifted into position on the new wind turbine at Cathkin Braes.
Good to see a MW scale turbine within Glasgow city boundary, though a shame that Castlemilk & Carmunnock Community Windpark Trust ended up excluded from the scheme despite all their hard work.
Here's helpful website for DIY advice on heating & plumbing issues;
In order to try and learn about potential energy sources for heat pumps in Glasgow, some temperature measurements were taken over the last 12 months. The natural water temp in the Clyde, a point where treated water from a sewage works enters the Clyde, along with the air temp at time of these measurements, and the temp of mains tap water were recorded. The results are shown in the following graph.
Obviously the water temperatures are all more stable than the air temp. Presumably the tap water reflects (at least partly) the near surface ground temperature, while the sewer will be closer to deeper ground temperatures, but also affected by warmer waste water from buildings.
Preheating tap water from a source of waste heat could be a way of saving building energy in winter (when mains water becomes 10 deg C cooler than in summer and therefore needs more energy to heat up).
The community energy event in Edinburgh last month now has a report and the presentations from the day available at;
I've just seen a job advert for a project officer at the City Council working on urban energy planning, in case anyone might be interested in this!
"The postholder will report to the Project Manager and will support the overall efforts of the Glasgow Step-Up team and will act as lead officer on the research, development and production of a Strategic Energy Action Plan for the City of Glasgow. Specific tasks will focus around the development of a Strategic Action Plan, Project Identification and Project Integration."
More info at http://www.s1jobs.com/job/470158670.html but closing date is very soon - this Sunday 23rd.
There was a useful community energy event in Edinburgh a few days ago. Edinburgh Community Energy Co-op, Changeworks & the City Council had brought around 50 people together, including some from a couple of energy co-ops in England. Bath & West Community Energy formed around 2009 and already has a substantial amount (£1.7M worth) of solar PV fitted, with big plans for diverse future growth. While the project is mainly intended for public benefit, the co-op members who have invested have seen interest payments of 7%, a very competitive rate. Bristol Energy Cooperative have also begun installing PV with plans to use revenue to fund energy saving measures. Both of these energy groups had formed out of local Transition Initiatives.
The degree of support from Edinburgh City Council was also good to see, with the council leader being one of the speakers and around 9 other councillors attending.
I've just had a look at the documents for Polmadie at;
It is still at pre-application stage so information is limited, although there is a more detailed plan. Ref no for easier searching is 12/01009/DC
There is also another proposed incinerator (at Shieldhall) in the planning system - it is currently open for comments or objections but not for long.
Meeting open to all to discuss gasification plant at Polmadie:
Hope to see some of you there.
Fantastic news about the Hunterston Power Station campaign being successful! Well done to everyone involved.
Now that you've got a bit more time and you're not plowing your energy into the public inquiry, we could really use your help with looking at what angle to take on the Polmadie 'Recycling and Renewable Energy Plant'. We're meeting on the 13th July with green party and anyone interested in this issue to discuss next steps.
There was great news yesterday about the cancelling of a proposal to build a coal power station at Hunterston. But now having won that campaign, there is the challenge of finding alternative sources of fairly secure energy. One option (have I mentioned this before?) being promoted by a renewable electricity supplier in Germany is a 'swarm' of CHP plants. Thankfully these are now being installed in houses. It will be good to see how they actually perform as they are expected to be 90% efficient.
http://k.lenz.name/LB/?p=5110 - a blog with Nov 2011 update,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnmjmEmg_-E - video explaining scheme.
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