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Who is Going to Build the World’s Largest Off-shore Wind-farm?

Ireland announced it was to construct the “world’s biggest wind-farm” in 2002 but there is a new claimant for this category. The UK has plans to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm off the coast of south-east England. The £1.5bn scheme will be called the London Array. It will have 341 turbines in the Thames estuary and could generate 1,000 megawatts of power, enough to meet about 1% of the UK’s electricity needs.

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Wind Power

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The Cost of Generating Electricity by Wind
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Where are Ireland’s Grand Plans??

The Cost of Generating Electricity by Wind has fallen a great deal since the 1980 ies. The cost of oil has equally risen in that time.

Here are the figures for 1 Kilo Watt Hour, or the cost of keeping a single bar electric fire going for 1 hour:

38 US cents in the early 1980 ies
18 US cents in 1990
5 US cents 2003
3 US cents by 2020 (projected figures)

Ireland had some plans for a huge wind farm on the Arklow sandbank in 2002 – I wonder what has happened to that plan?

The News at the time

In 2002 Ireland approved plans to build the world’s largest wind farm on a sandbank ten kilometers offshore from Arklow. The Arklow Sandbank— a sliver of land is one of the windiest locations in Ireland. The plans were for 200 wind turbines. The wind farm is expected to generate about 10 percent of the country’s energy needs by the time the project is complete, or about 520 megawatts of electricity.

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This blog was first posted on Wednesday 7th June last. That’s just over 28 weeks ago. The counter shows that there have been 27, 036 page loads since the blog went live. That means the average has been almost 1000 per week.

It would appear therefore that this blog has gained a fair sized readership. I am counting that as a success in itself. Judging from the letters and comments I have received, it has drawn a fair deal of reaction, both positive and negative. The reaction has been mainly positive and supportive. I am counting that as another success!

The blog has managed to rattle a few cages in the commercial world. The price comparisons have proved to be most irritating to some readers in business. This I count as another success.

The blog has failed to draw ANY response whatsoever from SEI. I do not count this as a failure as I have maintained, more or less, that there is no life in SEI anyway. Maybe that should read, no intelligent life in SEI!!

If I have caused any few people to avoid a rip off, or provoked some thought on renewable energy in any few minds, I am happy with my efforts during the year. I hope to keep up the blog in 2007 and nail a few more cowboys!

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At the end of the Christian year 2006
I wish all readers of this blog:

мир

Paix
Frieden
Pace
Paz
Peace

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My List for Santa

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My List for Santa

Dear Santa,

Can I please have the following things delivered for Christmas or any time during the New Year would also be fine.

1. That the price of Renewable Energy equipment in Ireland comes into line with the rest of Europe. With lots and lots of real competition.
2. Proper regulation (with teeth) of prices for equipment and installers by SEI. Or the disbanding of the present SEI and its replacement with a more pro-active and clued-in management.
3. Proper safety standards being set for sustainable energy equipment.
4. The promotion of wood pellet manufacture in Ireland.
5. Active government interest and input to ensure stable prices and good supplies of wood pellets.
6. A huge increase in wind generation capacity in Ireland.
7. Massive and immediate investment in BioMass power generation.
8. The disbanding of ESB and its replacement with a proper management system.
9. Grants and investment in the production of BioDeisel.

Can I please reserve the right to add to my list.

Many thanks Santa!

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Questions -Questions

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Questions for any Pellet Boiler Dealer

To be fair to Kedco, the questions I posed in the last blog to that company are 100% applicable to any would-be re-seller of pellet boilers.

I also believe that any self respecting company should not have to be asked these question. They should proudly display the questions and answers in their advertising materials.

I would take any coyness on the part of a company about answering these questions as a black mark against them, and would refuse to deal with that company.

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Unanswered Questions from Kedco

I have been reading in the papers where Kedco are expanding their franchise in Ireland, selling, among other items, their own branded OPOP boiler.

Some 6 weeks ago I posed some questions to Kedco by their own invitation.
Just to remind you here again are the questions:

1. How secure is Kedco’s pellet supply?,
2. What prices are offered on wood pellets, bulk, bagged, baled?,
3. Can Kedco guarantee a price on pellets for any length of time i.e . the next 12 to 18 months perhaps?,
4. How long is the guarantee on the burner unit as distinct from the boiler?,
5. Will Kedco supply parts replaced by other than their own technicians under warranty?
6. What is the cost of Kedco service technicians time per hour, and what mileage cost, and minimum charge?
7. Does Kedco have a stock of spares?
8. Does Kedco have a price-list of spares?
9. If so what is the price of a 16Kw stainless steel burner box/tray/hearth, or an igniter unit?

I would add another couple of questions on reflection:

a. How many fully trained technicians does Kedco have on full time employment?
b. What type of warranty repair is not covered by the guarantee?
c. Under warranty, are there ANY charges for a call-out?
d. Before sale and delivery of a wood pellet boiler, do Kedco survey the location, if so is there a charge?

And here is one new question just added with this blog:

Does the Kedco boiler have a fail-safe water quench anti back-burn device fitted?

It would be nice to have the answers??

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