Category: Energy

What the frack?

Depending who you ask, hydraulic fracturing – fracking – is either a panacea for our energy crisis or an environmental apocalypse in waiting. Clare Bryden drills through the propaganda in search of some answers. This article is available on Clare’s website. It was published in Third Way magazine, October 2014.  

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Storage of solar power using a battery Energy Storage System – updated

A case study of a domestic installation updated after five months’ use.This report describes my experience of a renewable energy storage system developed by a Cornish start-up company operating from the Falmouth University campus – Wattstor Ltd.  The WATTSTOR™ was commissioned at my Penryn home on 14 March 2015. The data here for this period …
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Empowering Communities through Greening the Church

An EcoChurch Southwest conference to explore producing energy, providing food and saving water on church premises. Thursday 10 September 201510.15am – 3.30pmSt James’ ChurchMount Pleasant RoadExeter EX4 7AH With… Susan Durber, Theologian Andrew Shadrake, Devon Association for Renewable Energy Mark Letcher, Climate Works Ruth Knight, Shrinking the Footprint Local Stories No charge though donations on …
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Green Gloucestershire

The Diocese of Gloucester and Churches Together in Gloucestershire have provided some funding for a new website containing lots of helpful resources, such as: managing your churchyard switching to Ecotricity energy saving tips in church buildings flooding suppliers of locally grown food and drink joint core strategy (housing) connecting with nature analysis of consumerism trench …
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Estimating solar PV power generation

Summary Estimates of generated output from solar pv systems need to be handled cautiously: the actual output will vary substantially year by year.  This note below shows that a software tool can give a better long-term estimate than a forecast based on any given year’s actual output. Richard Hopper writes: I have heard on several …
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Early Autumnal Greetings!

Millions of years ago the Earth was a spinning ball in space surrounded by enormous clouds of toxic gases – including carbon and methane.  This planet had no oxygen and supported no living creature.  Then over millions of years microscopic organisms began to evolve into plants. The plants turned into larger plants and slowly began …
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Rural Community Energy

The Diocese of Exeter has secured funding to develop community energy projects with local people in Devon. Starting in Okehampton, it is hoped to investigate the potential for churches to provide renewable forms of power to supply both church and community buildings. People living in rural districts can suffer from expensive heating and uncertain electrical …
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Trial of hot cushions

As part of its ‘Shrinking the Footprint’ campaign to reduce carbon emissions, Exeter Diocese is exploring a variety of new and efficient heating systems for church buildings. One option amongst others is a re-usable, portable hot cushion which enables churchgoers to stay warm and comfortable during services. They were trialled in 7 churches from November …
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Hot cushions

As part of its ‘Shrinking the Footprint’ campaign to reduce carbon emissions, Exeter Diocese is exploring a variety of new and efficient heating systems for church buildings. One option amongst others is a re-usable, portable hot cushion which enables churchgoers to stay warm and comfortable during services. The Diocese purchased 100 ‘Hot Bott’ cushions in …
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Camborne Parish Church

Revd Mike Firbank writes… At Camborne Parish Church we are trying to change behaviour/attitudes and change the way we heat/light etc our church buildings. Immediate Solutions… Old thermostats in our halls and church were replaced & turned down. Oil sheets were put behind radiators so that instead of heating external walls we reflected the heat …
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