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The Problem With Renewable Energy

The Problem With Renewable Energy

August 5, 2019

What happens when you put two energy experts in a room and ask them what the are with renewable energy? This week, we're playing devil's advocate. We love renewable energy, but this weeks episode is all about understanding how it works, and what limitations we have to work around if the UK is truly going to become carbon neutral.

If you want to know more about the current state of renewable energy in the UK, go to Episode 21, where we take you through where our renewable energy actually comes from.

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INTERMITTENCY
Without a doubt, the biggest problem with mainstream renewable energy is intermittency. Wind power is only generated when it’s windy, solar power is only generated when it’s sunny. This creates several fundamental issues.

SPACE & EFFICIENCY
Here’s the thing about most renewable forms of energy: they’re horribly inefficient. That’s why we need huge solar farms and hundreds of wind turbines and massive biocrop fields. One of the issues, if you think about scaling up our renewables, is where we’re going to put them.

COST
One of the great things about renewable energy is that the sun, the wind, and water currents are all free. That means that, theoretically, these kinds of technologies are one-time costs. In reality, the initial outlay can be huge and the continued costs can be far more than you might expect.

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE
By far the biggest argument for switching to renewable energy is that we need to save the planet and stop relying on technologies that poison our atmosphere. But what is the carbon footprint of building a wind turbine, or transporting biofuel, or disposing of a defunct solar panel? And what is the impact on the local environment?

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Read more:
Where Does UK Renewable Energy Come From?
Introduction to Solar PV
Introduction to Wind Turbines
Introduction to Hydroelectric Power
Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE)
The Truth About Nuclear Power

Swansea Tidal Lagoon Redesign
Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts
Falling costs of solar panels

A Guide to UK Renewable Energy

A Guide to UK Renewable Energy

July 26, 2019

What happens when you put two energy experts in a room and ask them how the UK makes its renewable energy? In our latest episode, we dig deep into the numbers and recent trends, and take you through all of the UK’s biggest renewable energy sources. We check out their benefits and drawbacks, and how the government plans to increase our renewable energy generation in the coming years.

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More Home Energy Saving Q&A

More Home Energy Saving Q&A

July 5, 2019

What happens when you put two energy experts in a room and ask them.... well, whatever you want? We've once again put your questions to James and Nick, from Government grants to ground source heat pumps. For more energy saving Q&A, see Episode 10!

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A Beginners Guide to Electric Cars

A Beginners Guide to Electric Cars

June 27, 2019

What happens when you put two energy experts in a room and ask them all about electric cars? This week we're going through the many different kinds of electric vehicles, with all of their pros and cons. From Tesla to Toyota, from hybrids to hydrogen cells, we take you through everything you need to know about electric vehicles; how they work, and which type is right for you.

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The Truth About Nuclear Power

The Truth About Nuclear Power

June 20, 2019

What happens when you put two energy experts in a room and ask them to get to the bottom of nuclear power. We take you through all the big questions of nuclear power. Doesn’t nuclear waste harm the environment? Isn’t nuclear power expensive? Aren’t nuclear plants dangerous? GreenAge, are you crazy?! We’re discussing it all.

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Summer Energy Saving

Summer Energy Saving

May 31, 2019

What happens when you put two energy experts in a room and ask them their top tips for energy saving this summer? The weather is hotting up and so are we as we ask what are the best ways to stay cool and save energy in these (sometimes) sunny months, which energy-saving renovations are best done now, and what projects you can do yourself. We also discuss some more.... experimental ideas 😂

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Replacing the Feed-In Tariff: The Smart Export Guarantee

Replacing the Feed-In Tariff: The Smart Export Guarantee

May 17, 2019

What happens when you put two energy experts in a room and ask them what is replacing the Feed-in Tariff? The Smart Export Guarantee is a new policy that the government has announced to force energy companies to create competitive export tariffs for renewable energy. It's a big change for the industry and we have a lot of opinions about it! Read the rest of this entry »

Getting to Grips with U-Values

Getting to Grips with U-Values

May 13, 2019

What happens when you put two energy experts in a room and ask them to explain the mysterious world of U-values? Oh yes, you guessed it, this week we delve even deeper into the wonderful world of insulation calculations and what they mean for you. Why do you need a U-value and why doesn't it matter? More importantly, what is why and how do you figure it out?!
After that, we discuss the climate change protests sweeping the UK and James drops a B-bomb on Nick. You've been warned, watchers!

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The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Explained

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Explained

April 29, 2019

What happens when you put two energy experts in a room and ask them to explain the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)? This week's episode features one of the government's biggest domestic subsidies for eco-friendly heating. That means biomass boilers, heat pumps, and solar thermal. James and Nick take you through how to apply, what the requirements are, and delve into the nitty-gritty of how much you can expect to be paid.

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The Insulation Masterclass: Windows, Floors, Roofs, and More

The Insulation Masterclass: Windows, Floors, Roofs, and More

April 29, 2019

 

What happens when you put two energy experts in a room and ask them all about insulation? Our Insulation Masterclass Series rounds off with all the things we didn’t cover before. That’s right, in one episode we get through windows, conservatories, floors, doors, roofs, pipes, and more.

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