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Two new stories here that will change our future, I think it's the beginning of the end for Coal, Gas and hopefully Oil too, if we can wean people away from "dirty diesel" and "polluting petrol", but maybe that's for another thread.

New laws and subsidies in battery technology/development here in the UK are going to change the way we generate and store electricity.

It's early days but it will happen, I believe  Smiley

Electricity shake-up could save consumers 'up to £40bn'

World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

Posted July 24, 2017, 10:01:41 AM Logged

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  It has been advertised for some time that the state will pay for the cost of solar panels installed on homes.  I also read an article about the effect of led lighting has led to the a reduction of electric used by quite a bit. 
  I think it is going to be quite a while for the diesel engines to die out, over here they are used in busses and school busses as well as moving things from one part of the US to another. Since I've always wondered how it was affordable to import things from other parts of the world which is commonly done I now find myself shopping online and buying things from China for the e cig thing.
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  It has been advertised for some time that the state will pay for the cost of solar panels installed on homes.

That sounds great Carl Smiley

We have done the same kind of thing over here in the UK for a number of years now, unfortunately it is stopping soon as we try to move to the next faze, or the money has run out. 

The latest big thing here is to have solar panels on our homes connected to a "battery wall" in the home, the panels will charge the battery so the owner can use the power at night. The battery wall will also be connected to the grid so power can go back to the grid if needed.

What we can't generate from the home solar panels we can get from the wind farms which will also charge large battery farms that the government is planning to build. The battery farms can be used when the wind isn't blowing. 

I may have oversimplified it but that's the basic idea.
Quite simple, cheap and environmentally friendly electricity for our homes and cars Smiley

That is the Rethinking of Electricity and the future, if we choose to have the belief.
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I have seen some nice district storage ideas. They work on the small village size and up and use chemical tanks to store energy that can be converted to electrical power when required.
And thermal storage so you need less electrical power.
Posted July 26, 2017, 18:05:33 PM Logged
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Yeah that's the kind of idea Snowy, I think they are looking at building very largest lithium ion battery farms (for want of a better word) like this one in Australia

If we have a few of them around the country and can generate enough power to charge them it could well be part of the equation.   
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