President Putin has become the best promoter for solar panels

April 17th, 2014

“You don’t need me to tell you that Vladimir Putin has the whole of Europe in a ‘cheque mate’ position, with his hands firmly on thirty percent of the energy resources we use and ultimately the affordability of heating our homes.”

The squabbling for thinner and thinner energy resources has begun and we are not in a good position.

An alliance which will affect your ability to heat your home.

An alliance which will affect your ability to heat your home.

Firstly, you need to know the historical context in which we find our current predicament and more importantly, how you can protect your family – despite the power wrangling and muscle flexing now going on within current world affairs.

I used to wonder in my uneducated years, why Adolf Hitler, spread his forces so thinly, which ultimately lost him the war. It wasn’t until I learned about peak oil and the continued fight for energy resources that it became clear. Hitler was attempting to gain full control of Europe and Russia’s primary oil fields. Read the rest of this entry »

I won’t eat Tuna Fish from the Pacific Ocean anymore and neither should you

April 4th, 2014

“There is a saying “what goes around comes around”, and this has never been truer where Fukushima radiation leaks are concerned.”

Safe to eat? Are you sure?

Safe to eat? Are you sure?

If you think this problem is a long distant newspaper headline, then think again!

If you only obtain your news from the mainstream media, then you can be forgiven for not knowing the true scale of the problem because there seems to be a real effort to conceal the true extent of this disaster.

Three years on from the radiation leak of an immeasurable scale by the meltdown of three of the plants six nuclear reactors, the true extent of this radioactive leakage, which still occurs even today, is avoided by the global mainstream news. Read the rest of this entry »

I don’t understand why you wasted money installing solar panels

March 27th, 2014

“In a verbal exchange, the wisdom of adopting solar panels was brought into question. I was unwillingly brought into this mild-mannered dispute as a third-party expert to cast a professional opinion on this particular solar panel quandary.”

Don't argue about solar panels.

Don't argue about solar panels.

Commonly known as ‘Solar Stu’ to my friends for my undiminished enthusiasm for all things solar panelled, I suppose it was this that brought about this situation, but the question had been posed and this couple now each stood hoping for me to back-up their point of view.

Using my best diplomatic skills and to somewhat ‘sit on the fence’, I realised that both sides of this argument were actually correct.

The question should be, “will a solar panel installation be affordable for your own personal circumstance?” Affordability is subjective and differs depending on many different factors, but installing solar panels should not be undertaken if it breaks the bank. Read the rest of this entry »

Solar panels at the cutting edge of space exploration

March 19th, 2014

“Feeling inspired by the recent Channel 4 series ‘Live from space’, I remember being influenced by the construction of the International Space Station (ISS) a decade ago which ultimately contributed to my enthusiasm for solar panels.”

Solar panels in space.

Solar panels in space.

The most prestigious solar panel installation on Earth, or not, showed me that you don’t have to be connected to the grid in theory and also in practice.

Now for clarity, I am not saying every home can live off-grid solely on solar panel power alone because there are two main differences between the ISS and your semi-detached.

Firstly, on Earth we are subject to seasonal changes with below cloud-level weather differences and in most cases, the amount of space available to accommodate solar panels is limited here on Earth.

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The transition from the oil age to the spoil age

March 13th, 2014

“A college professor took a quick survey by asking his undergraduates, whether they cared that their modern lives were heading down a cul-de-sac within their own lifetimes.”

The question was put to them:

“Would they make the difficult changes within their lives to prolong the technological age or just drive this ship into the ground to keep their current lifestyles today?”

Entering into the spoil age.

Entering into the spoil age.

The telling and outright winning answer amongst the group was to drive this ship into the ground to keep their current lifestyles. An attitude which is also prolific amongst the general population.

For all the brilliant technologies we have created, humanity has done the classic comedy scenario of painting itself into a corner. The thin and oily vail that holds together our modern world is reliant on a single oil producing nation in one of the most volatile regions of the world.

And the signs from Saudi Arabia are not good. 60% of the kingdom’s oil comes from the Ghawar oil field that has been producing since 1951. The indications are showing that this strategically important oil field is struggling to keep up with not only our own western demands, but global demand too. Read the rest of this entry »