The UK likely got more power from renewables than fossil fuels last quarter
The UK generated more power from renewable sources than from fossil fuels in the third quarter of 2019. This is the first time that's happened since the UK opened its first public electricity-generating station in 1882. The findings, revealed in an analysis by Carbon Brief, speak to progress the country has made in transforming its electricity system over the past decade. According to the analysis, from July through September, renewables generated 29.5 terawatt hours (TWh) while fossil fuels generated 29.1 TWh. As Gizmodo points out, a 0.4 TWh may sound small but it represents the electricity used by hundreds of thousands of customers.
Some trains in the UK are now running on a rail line powered entirely by afarm in what's said to be a world first. Around 100 panels are keeping the signaling and lights up and running on the track near Aldershot in Hampshire, and the project could be a precursor to solar-powered trains on the nation's network.
Several UK train stations already run on solar. Network Rail, which manages most of the railway infrastructure on the British mainland, has earmarked billions of pounds to electrify rail lines, and aims to do so with solar power if the pilot project is successful. The UK government aims to eliminate the use of diesel on the rail network by 2040.
BioLite launches disaster preparedness kits in time for hurricane season
Even though Hurricane Dorian has slowed down, the storm has left behind plenty of damage in its wake. Given that hurricane season lasts until November, it's a wise idea to stock up in the event of another natural disaster. BioLite has launched a set of disaster preparedness bundles for use during a power outage. Each bundle contains solar-powered lights, chargers, headlamps and a water filtration straw. The kits come in three sizes; solo, family and apartment. Both the apartment and family bundles contain the BioLite Solar Home 620, which contains a 6W solar panel, a central control box and three hangable LED lights.
Those behind the solar projectthe renewable energy could power 20 percent of the Liverpool Merseyrail network and 15 percent of commuter lines in Kent, Sussex and Wessex as well as solar trains in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Nottingham, London and Manchester. Along with being a greener form of power than diesel, the solar farms could supply cheaper power than electricity from the natural grid, which would reduce costs for railways.
The UK wouldn't be the first country to have solar-powered trains. More than 250 arewith panels on their roofs. The subcontinent plans to establish trackside solar farms and Indian Railways hopes to have the first entirely green railway network in 10 years. Meanwhile, some UK trains are to .
UK: SNCF in the short list for the London-Birmingham HSL
The SNCF is in the short list for the operation of the second high-speed line (LGV) in the United Kingdom, which will connect London and Birmingham (HS2) and which is due to be commissioned in 2026. The secretary State Transport, Paul Maynard, announced Thursday the three consortia selected, among which is the French rail group. The alliance of which SNCF is part (at 30%) includes the French public company to British private companies Virgin (20%) and Stagecoach (50%). Two other consortia are pre-selected: one combines the British First Rail with the Italian Trenitalia, the other includes the Hong Kong MTR and the Chinese Guangshen Railway (with several partners including British).
"This short list includes consortia that bring together British rail experts with companies that operate high-speed lines around the world," said Paul Maynard.
The date of the authorities' decision on the winner of the call for tenders has not yet been specified. However, the winning group will be responsible for "designing, launching and operating HS2 services and transitioning with the new service to the main Western rail line, which will be modified to reflect the new capabilities provided by the HS2 ", explained the Secretary of State.
A project worth more than 50 billion pounds
Before the launch of HS2 in nine years, the consortium winner will be responsible for operating in 2019 the "West Coast Main Line", an existing traditional line that connects London to the Scotland, including Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool.
The LGV London-Birmingham line is only the first phase of the HS2 project, the second leg of which involves the extension of the high-speed line from Birmingham in two northern sections, one north-west to Manchester, the other a little further east to Leeds. The exploitation of these second sections could begin by 2033.
The total cost of the HS2 project is estimated at some £ 56 billion by the UK authorities (€ 63 billion at the current exchange rate). This will be the second high-speed line in service in the United Kingdom. The first, HS1, connects London to the Channel Tunnel.
Tesla's solar panels reportedly caught fire at an Amazon warehouse.
Walmart recently filed a lawsuit against Tesla after its solar panel installations on seven of the retail giant's stores caught fire. The retail corporation accused Elon Musk's company of poor safety practices, such as not grounding electrical systems properly and sending inspectors who "lacked basic solar training and knowledge." Now, Amazon, another massive corporation, has stepped forward to claim that the solar panels installed by Tesla's SolarCity division burst into flames, as well. According to Bloomberg, Tesla's solar panels caught fire on the roof of one of Amazon's warehouses in Redlands, California.