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History Economy Energy Podcast Psychology

Days of Coal in Calgary, Canada

Hugh Archibald White was born and brought up in Calgary, Canada in the 1940s and 50s. He gave me a run-down on their almost universal dependence on coal, illustrated with some great anecdotes about his grandfather, a coal and gas merchant, including: the vastness of Canada’s natural resources the railways and development low prices and […]

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Podcast Energy Transport

How Green is my Tesla?

This week I persuaded my old friend from Germany, Dirk Carstens, to give me the run-down on the pros and cons of owning a Tesla. He’s a trained physicist so there’s not much about the EV technology that phases him. Some of the stuff we discussed: the low bills the all-important battery, how to treat […]

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Energy Housing Podcast

Green Retrofit – turning a Victorian London House into a Superhome

I interview Kate Calvert, Superhome creator and North London resident: what happens when you do a green retrofit on a 19th Century terrace house solar panels, wall insulation, electricity bills local council planning regulations, bad buildings and bombs holding corporate building developers to their eco promises is carbon rationing like war-time rationing? Podcast Subscriptions

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Economy Energy

The Humble Flywheel – Energy Storage part 2

The flywheel, feature of every Industrial Revolution museum, could save the electricity grid with its energy storage capabilities. If you’re not an engineer (which I’m not), then you too might have got confused by the recent headlines saying that the humble flywheel is actually an ingenious green invention, a “huge step forward” in running the […]

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Energy Climate Denial Economy

The Energy Storage Issue

Houston we have a problem. It turns out that all those climate deniers who didn’t want us to invest in renewable energy were right – you can’t make electricity when the wind’s not blowing or the sun’s not shining. Actually the problem at the moment is the other way around. This sunny, windy weekend outside […]

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Carbon Capture Energy

Goodbye Coal

It’s got to go. There’s basically no overlooking the fact that coal releases 20% more CO2 emissions per kilowatt of energy produced than oil, and 60 to 70% more than natural gas. It’s the #1 climate destroyer. And there’s no overlooking how polluting it is in terms of local air quality, bringing never-ending respiratory problems […]