Friday, 7 December 2012

Resilient Cities: adapting to climate change



A vision of the city of London in 2050 (sketch by Adriette Myburgh)
source: http://www.britishland.com/index.asp?pageid=619&casestudy=209&index=true

A brief wander away from renewable technologies to talk about sustainability: a recent talk I attended [1] has made me consider the idea of adapting to climate change, particularly in the context of cities.

Monday, 15 October 2012

What you should know about . . . Wind Turbines

Following on from my previous blog I’m going to go through a number of different renewable energy/low carbon technologies that could contribute to solving the energy problem, starting with wind turbines. Initially I will focus on the UK, but will come back and look at the more global issues later...

What is a wind turbine / How do wind turbines work?
Wind turbines use the energy in the wind to turn the blades. These rotations turn a generator which produces energy. This energy can either be used locally or fed into the national grid distribution system or a mixture of both. More details (and an animation) can be found here.

Source: BBC News (Feb 2007) 'UK wind power reaches milestone' available from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6344215.stm [accessed 15th Oct 2012]


Monday, 1 October 2012

To set the scene…

Most people have heard that renewable energy is important, some people are aware of the idea of peak oil*, a few people consider none of this to be a problem. So let’s assess the situation as it stands.