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Calling all LED light designers

Despite several attempts to get contemporary data from LED light designers, companies who design and build  custom-made light installations, up to date government policy on residential lighting …. we cannot get anyone to submit a release about what they are doing. Which is a real shame because LED lights represent some of the most beautiful […]

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Lights still out for Electricity Museum

Lights still out for Electricity Museum

I can’t help but think that Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) have completely missed the point in closing down one of the few remaining electricity museums in the UK (at Christchurch). Problem is that THEY STOPPED COLLECTING. Now what is a glaring omission to the museum is the latest technology which is starting to push […]

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Coal – return to the dark side

So Germany has turned to good old coal power plants just as India and China have. The German fixation on green energy programs, especially solar, seems to be waning. Solar power – never a good option in Germany – has failed so far even with massive subsidies. Wind power has delivered only localised good and […]

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Residential wind turbine education

Despite the public reaction to wind farms, there is still a need to explore residential wind turbines as an energy resource. A residential turbine can add considerably to a home’s electricity generation particularly in coastal areas, or areas known to be windy. What’s missing is decent public education on the benefits of wind turbine power […]

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E-bikes – where can we ride them?

In the UK -  and in many other countries – the new electric bikes are posing a problem for governments. When are they a bike and when are they not a bike? Simple motor driven bicycles with a speed of 15mph are considered unsafe to drive in cycle lanes. However, many ‘traditional’ bicycles now attain […]

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Street rocketeers demand new safety helmets/clothing

With e-bikes now exceeding 55-60mph new safety helmets and clothing is essential. But where are the designers?

Ever seen a Harley ‘grand-dad’ in his full regalia? You know what I mean, a guy reaches 55 and then decides to go back to his routes by buying a chrome-laiden babe magnet. And he buys a big helmet with full wifi, bluetooth, a DAB radio jammed at Radio 2 where nowdays even Johny Rotten […]

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Hurricane survivors? This is not the answer

These things are totally bizarre, traditional mansions jacked up in the air on stilts to get above the floodlines set after Katrina and Sandy blew through. There used to be a real vernacular of houses built on stilts in the south, but they tended to be light and small. Sure they are a great renewable […]