Economics of Renewable Electricity [Currently]

BBCR4 Evan Davies – The Bottom Line – Renewable Energy

Expert insight, articulated in layman’s terms, from the key people currently shaping the UK renewable electricity landscape, at megawatt (MW) & gigawatt (GW) scale.

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Living Photo’s

Imagine taking a high-definition photograph with you phone… whereby the camera on your phone actually captures & stores three seconds of video footage as part of that photo before presenting you a “still” image half-way through the three second video footage.

Imagine the result being that as you thumb through your images, each one appears to come to life with a short burst of “live” animation and sound, for example highlighting a ripple on a lake, a flower or leaf moving in the breeze, passers-by in front of a famous landmark, the movement in the eyes of your pet Dog, or your Baby’s first smile.

Imagine nowt… it’s here… see it for real on iPhone 6s, which also comes with pioneering new 3D Touch-Screen Menus: Tech Insider Video – Apple iPhone 6

Sam and Michelle’s personal challenge on behalf of BHF has been proud and privileged to sponsor Sam Stockwell and Michelle Brewster’s cycle ride from London to Paris on behalf of British Heart Foundation.

Hidden In Plain Sight

Far from being an attention test, this new advertisement from ŠKODA provides a clever confession about marketing and how desire distracts us from reality, realities like the adverse effect of consumerism on our planet.

Hidden In Full View Start

ŠKODA Advert

Click on the Image to view the short advert which uses an apparently benign combination of:

soporific voice-over: to direct us toward the key ‘features’ of the item being promoted

perceived normality: where the only ‘apparent’ changes to the scene are irrelevancies like cars and people passing by

poor broadcast quality: slightly annoying “breaks” in the continuity of broadcast quality

The result is revealed only at the very end as the viewer realises how much of their ‘environment’ is perception and reality, how much detail has passed them by, how much they’ve been distracted, how subtle the changes have been over time and how much has been hidden in plain sight.

Natural events bring both challenges and opportunities, naturally…

Impact on Renewable Energy

Europe will witness a total solar eclipse starting around 08:40amCET on Friday 20th March 2015.

This event will provide an unprecedented test for Europe’s electricity systems thereby furthering our collective understanding of the impact of increased penetration of variable renewable technologies such as SolarPV which now accounts for approximately 10% of all the electricity produced in Europe from renewable sources.

Germany in particular may be impacted – for all the right reasons – due to its impressive achievement of now sourcing over 25% of its electricity from technologies such as SolarPV and Wind Farm arrays.

Just over one week later, during the evening of Saturday 28th March, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)  embarks upon Earth Hour 2015 an annual event where the world population [currently ~7.2Bn] is invited to switch off lights for one hour in a demonstrable act of pro-planet solidarity. Read More…


Definition: A sudden shortness of breath.

Cause: Being overwhelmed by too much stuff, often shiny new stuff, but ALWAYS stuff that we can’t take with us at the very end.


Definition: The slowing down of the flow of traffic to a virtual standstill due to a narrowing of our streets.

Cause: Excessive acquisition of vehicles which have become static and are not actively moving in the way they were originally intended.