Dogger Bank: The Incredible Engineering Behind the World’s Largest Wind Farm

Sustainable Energy
The Demand for Wind Power in the UK Of all the renewable energy sectors in the United Kingdom, wind is by far the largest. Approximately 23% of the UK's energy production is made up of wind power, compared to the next closest renewable, solar, at 5%. Generally, this comes down to the favourable geography of the UK. It's an island. Being surrounded by ocean means there's a huge amount of area to place offshore wind, without disrupting the appearance of the landscape a great deal. The surge in wind power has been fueled by ambitious production targets set by the UK government. In 2011, a roadmap was set out which laid guidance for 18GW of wind power to be deployed by 2020. As of the 18th February 2021, there is…
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Sustainable Homes of the Future: Heating

Sustainable Homes of the Future: Heating

Sustainable Energy
Current Heating Consumption of the United Kingdom Historical Heating Demands of the UK (how we used to heat our homes) Using data from the UK governments ECUK, we can see that the net domestic space and water heating consumption has only increased by less than 7% since 1970. Note that this is despite an estimated population increase of almost 20%. Further to that, it's actually decreased since its peak in the early 2000s. Breaking this down further, space heating consumption has increased, though it has almost been counterbalanced by the consistent and steady decrease in energy going to water heating. However, it's not just the raw amount of energy that we use to heat our homes that has changed, the methods have changed too. Note: kWh is 1 kW of…
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The Quest for a Million Mile Battery

The Quest for a Million Mile Battery

Electric Cars, Sustainable Energy
Currently, the Million Mile Battery is one of the most sought after technologies in the EV world. Driving for 1 million miles without needing to replace a battery pack is currently unheard of. In fact, batteries are usually replaced once they have lost around 20-30% of their capacity, something that usually happens after around 500,000 miles. Last year, a research team led by John Dahn that is partnered with Tesla produced a research paper in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. The paper was titled ‘A Wide Range of Testing Results on an Excellent Lithium-Ion Cell Chemistry to be used as Benchmarks for New Battery Technologies'. One of the statements from the introduction of this paper includes the following snippet: "We conclude that cells of this type should be able…
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The Environment: A Silver Lining to The Coronavirus Pandemic?

The Environment: A Silver Lining to The Coronavirus Pandemic?

Sustainable Energy
The novel Coronavirus is spreading rapidly around the global population, doubling every few days. First, it hit China, then it hit Europe, and now the USA is becoming its epicentre. In an effort to curb the spread of the virus, many countries have imposed lockdowns, banning all but essential work and travel. Businesses have been encouraged to make their employees work from home where possible, whilst some countries have banned travel altogether. However, this seemingly disastrous situation could have a silver lining. It may be a small one, but the environment seems to be benefiting here. Let's explore how Coronavirus has impacted the environment. Where has Coronavirus hit hardest? As previously stated, China was the first country to be infected with the coronavirus. Over 80,000 people picked up the virus…
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Boring Company Announces New Machine and California Megapack Coming Soon – Tesla Weekly

Boring Company Announces New Machine and California Megapack Coming Soon – Tesla Weekly

Electric Cars, Sustainable Energy, Tesla
Boring's new Boring Machine One of the reasons that The Boring Company came to fruition was because Musk believed that Tunnel Boring could be innovated. Typically, tunnel boring is an extremely slow task, moving at just under 1m per hour. This renders current systems useless at digging long tunnels in a short space of time. But, why is this? This main problem that tunnel boring companies face is not the machine itself, but the whole production line behind it. The only thing that the machine actually does is excavate and remove the excavation material outwards with a conveyor system. Consequently, power, lighting, reinforcements and other tunnel necessities must be installed following the excavation. This process moves much slower, meaning it is the tunnelling bottleneck, not the machine itself. Musk claims…
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Sony Releases an All-Electric Concept Car at CES – Tesla Weekly

Sony Releases an All-Electric Concept Car at CES – Tesla Weekly

Electric Cars, Sustainable Energy, Tesla, Uncategorized
It's CES time once again, the annual technology conference which is hosted in Las Vegas. It's a conference which attracts almost 200k people each year, providing the perfect venue for large companies to show off their latest products and concepts. This year, it's Sony's turn to wow the attendees of the conference, appearing to reinvent itself in the automobile sector by introducing their latest concept vehicle, the Vision S. As you undoubtedly already know, Sony is an electronics giant, known for their cameras, TVs, and phones, amongst a variety of other products. The Japanese company is by no means an automaker, making the move to produce a concept car a seemingly unexpected one. In this weekly instalment of Tesla weekly, we'll look at the real purpose of the Vision S,…
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Tesla’s Battery Recycling Masterplan May Have Been Revealed – Telsa Weekly

Tesla’s Battery Recycling Masterplan May Have Been Revealed – Telsa Weekly

Electric Cars, Sustainable Energy, Tesla
It's no secret that lithium-ion batteries are exploding in popularity. With electric cars booming and new battery-based energy storage solutions coming to market, global demands on lithium are increasing substantially. Regulators in certain areas are forcing manufacturers to start recycling batteries from the electric cars they make at the end of their life. Here’s how Tesla may plan to do it. Components of Tesla Batteries Tesla batteries are based on a very common and relatively basic lithium-ion chemistry, just altered in such a way that gives them their class-leading battery chemistry. Tesla’s Model S and X have Panasonic made 18650 cells in their battery packs. The name comes from the cell having an 18mm diameter and a 650mm height. These cells are very similar to the Panasonic NCR18650B cells that have an…
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Cyberquad Details Released and Cybertruck Has Over 250k Orders.

Cyberquad Details Released and Cybertruck Has Over 250k Orders.

Sustainable Energy, Tesla, Transportation
At the end of the Cybertruck launch, Telsa announced Cybertruck's final feature as sort of an Apple-like "one more thing". Out of the flashing lights and special effects, a rather angular looking quad bike rolled out onto the stage, driven by a Tesla employee in a helmet and biking gear. With cheers and excitement from the crowd, he went over to the rear of the Cybertruck and pressed a button on the left-hand side, causing the steel cover to retract off the bed. After that, he folded down the tailgate, revealing a ramp which was hidden inside it. The ramp then extended to reveal a platform for the Cyberquad driver to drive up. Once he had firmly seated the quad bike on the truck bed, he brought out a cable…
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Here’s How Electric Trains Work? Should We Electrify All Lines?

Sustainable Energy, Transportation
Many countries in Europe and Asia have begun to adopt electric trains. They're fast, smooth and efficient. Some countries like the UK, USA and Canada have chosen to stick with diesel locomotives. Since electrifying all transportation systems seems like a brilliant idea, I was wondering what makes them so good and how electric trains actually work? The Basics: Cornering In order to understand how electric trains work, it is important to know the basics of trains. As you will (hopefully) already know, trains run on parallel tracks, removing the need for them to steer anywhere. Many new tracks built as straight as possible in order to accommodate faster trains. In the UK, things are slightly different. Since all our rail is old, it was built back when trains were relatively…
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Can the UK Rail Network Be Saved? Are Electric Trains the Solution?

Can the UK Rail Network Be Saved? Are Electric Trains the Solution?

Sustainable Energy
The United Kingdom is the perfect candidate for excellent public transport. Its population density is enormous at 274 people per square kilometre. England alone has a population density of 430 people per square kilometre. However, public transport in the United Kingdom is pretty terrible, especially relative to places like Hong Kong. Can electric trains save the dissolving business? The UK's Public Transportation System I'm not suggesting that the UK has a terrible transportation system relative to the rest of the globe, but for its economic position, it's comparably worse than rivals. As with most places, more economic development is focused on areas with the most people. For example, London has an underground train system which covers most of the city. A map of London's vast underground train network. Furthermore, London…
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