The post-Christmas trip to the Wirral has begun! Yet here I am, 100 miles from my destination, writing about renewable energy. Go figure.
I managed to get about 150 or so miles before giving in to what was rapidly becoming crippling back pain, and as I write this I am sat in a Costa Coffee in Newport, complete with wobbly table.
I’m hoping that a short walk, a coffee and not having to sit in the same position may ease my aching bones. If not, I will be throwing painkillers down my neck quicker than Chelsea change managers.
On the way up my mind wandered as it so often does. I got to thinking about the massive wind turbines that line the horizon at various points along the motorway.
As an aside, did you hear about the time the wind turbine met his favourite music artist? All he could think to say was “I’m a big fan!)
The turbines are unsightly to many though I must admit that I don’t mind the look of them. I suppose it’s different if you only see them infrequently. If I had to look at them every time I opened my front door, I may change my mind.
There’s no doubting that they are good for the environment, though. A clean source of renewable energy should be near the top of our lists when we discuss the future of the country.
But why isn’t similar technology used elsewhere?
The best example I could think of was in tube stations.
Everybody knows the force of the wind as it blows along the platform shortly before a train pulls in. There must be some benefit to made in utilising that?
Going a stage further, seeing as the tube in Central London is underground, and therefore away from any elements, why can’t something be fixed to the track to make use of the air that must whip past the tracks as the trains move. In my mind it would look similar to a hamster wheel suspended between the two rails, with fins inside that would spin due to the wind pressure of trains passing above them.
You can tell I’m not at all practical, can’t you?!
It strikes me as something that should be possible. Obviously, I have neither the technical nor scientific knowledge to back it up, which is a shame.
As time creeps on, I’m sure we will begin to see more and more adaptations of existing technology to bring down the price of energy. I remember solar panels being around when I was at school in the 80s but never envisaged they would become as widespread as they have done these days.
As for now. Well, let me drive the remainder of the way to the North West and I’ll see what I can think of, ok?