Author Archives: SolarBucket

About SolarBucket

I trained as a mechanical engineer in the 1970's and then spent most of the following 25 years doing sums and software for Oil and Gas Exploration. Current interests are the study of wind and solar resources.

Cars don’t do much

The street I live in is for all practical purposes, the car park of the local railway station.   During the day, the street is home to a flock of thirty to forty cars, at weekends they may roam the … Continue reading

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The early days of electricity – Diverse decisions and technologies

Public electricity supplies started to evolve in the UK during the 1880s.  Today electricity is a utility accessible by a high proportion of the population, but in its early days it was part of the luxury goods industry, a unit … Continue reading

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This stuff could be boring

For me there has been a recurring theme which has emerged whilst exploring sustainability.  Generation is exciting, standing on the seafront in Brighton I’ve watched the installation of the Rampion wind farm and been fascinated by the offshore construction vessels … Continue reading

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A random history of energy economics (3) – The life cycle of fuels

Fuels like any other product have life cycles.  The stages of the classic life cycle are growth, maturity and decline.  For some fuels like wood, the length of the cycle is measured in millennia, that of coal looks like it … Continue reading

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A Random history of energy economics (2) – The Horse and the Lorry

By 1900 railways were the most important element in Britain’s transport infrastructure, but they only provided town-to-town communication.  The distribution of goods within a town was done with men with barrows and horses with carts.  In the rural areas “carriers” … Continue reading

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A Random History of Energy Economics (1) – Gas Engines in the Home

Over the past year I’ve been acquiring a few copies of the “The Model Engineer and Amateur Electrician” at car boot sales.  I now have about 15 examples dating from 1899 to 1919.  Models make up a large part of … Continue reading

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Learning to garden (20) – The aging dog again

The garden has always been a work in progress, mainly because I don’t know what to do with it or what I want to do with it.  However, a small vegetable plot was evolving and a few meals produced.  then … Continue reading

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