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by scotia
August 20th, 2019, 10:58 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 143
Views: 2798

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

dspp - many thanks for the response. I can appreciate that a temporary loss of connection due to lightning strikes will take out the embedded generation, but, as you say, in the case of solar, this should be back in at least a few minutes (and there is really no technical reason why it should not be...
by scotia
August 20th, 2019, 10:09 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Happy Birthday
Replies: 20
Views: 137

Re: Happy Birthday

nimnarb wrote:.so albeit, I know your era is in the 80's but here's a test for you and others(no cheatin) that goes back a lot further.......

That's a nice selection for a 75 year old
by scotia
August 20th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 143
Views: 2798

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

For info, NG's initial report: As a minimum it looks like there is a case that many loss-of-infeed scenarios are going to have to be increased to account for (typically) 0.5 GW of embedded generation connected within (a typically affected area of) the distribution network. That's at current penetra...
by scotia
August 20th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Curiosity Corner
Topic: Electric bike on M25
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Re: Electric bike on M25

Warm and dry and very fast - no doubt aided by the superior streamlining v standard motorcycle. ......these ones cost 50k a pop, but I do wonder if the mass motorcycle industry is missing a trick. One of my pals had an Ariel Arrow - a slightly down-market version of the Leader. Supposed to be relat...
by scotia
August 20th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 143
Views: 2798

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/aug/20/national-grid-blames-lightning-strike-for-blackout-ofgem excerpts, "National Grid has blamed a lightning strike for Britain’s biggest blackout in more than a decade after it caused two power generators to trip offline. The lightning strike was o...
by scotia
August 19th, 2019, 10:40 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75
Replies: 85
Views: 1223

Re: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75

I am already in the situation where I have several private pensions and was advised by the company pensions advisers to opt back in to the government salary related schemes at age 40. Now I find there is no tax on my state pension but my private pensions are taxed based on my total pensions includi...
by scotia
August 19th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Null - avoid!
Replies: 23
Views: 501

Re: Null - avoid!

XFool wrote:
scotia wrote:
staffordian wrote:That was Sir Gerald!

Correct! - with the Jimmy Edwards moustache

Ended up in the middle of a roundabout

And who was driving? A cause celebre
by scotia
August 19th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Null - avoid!
Replies: 23
Views: 501

Re: Null - avoid!

staffordian wrote:
scotia wrote: He enjoyed driving, and owned the personalised number plates NAB 1 to 8, which he attached to his large garage of cars including three Daimlers.
Guess who

That was Sir Gerald!

Correct! - with the Jimmy Edwards moustache
by scotia
August 19th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Null - avoid!
Replies: 23
Views: 501

Re: Null - avoid!

He enjoyed driving, and owned the personalised number plates NAB 1 to 8, which he attached to his large garage of cars including three Daimlers.
Guess who
by scotia
August 19th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 143
Views: 2798

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

Some indication that Hornsea One, which is still in build, did not respond quite as anticipated, https://www.offshorewind.biz/2019/08/16/hornsea-one-suffers-technical-fault-drops-production/ ""The relevant part of the system has been reconfigured and we are fully confident should this ext...
by scotia
August 19th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 143
Views: 2798

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

A blog comment that may be of interest though it doesn't add anything that is not already in this thread http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/news/what-happened-electricity-system-fri-aug-9-2019.html I haven't seen any hard facts yet from the initial NG ESO report to Ofgem. - dspp An interesting read - but the g...
by scotia
August 16th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Venture Capital Trusts (VCT's)
Topic: Mobeus Income & Growth 4 Results
Replies: 4
Views: 500

Re: Mobeus Income & Growth 4 Results

I was also sorry to see that Mobeus 4 has deferred reinstating the DRIS. In the email from Mobeus 4 today:- As stated in my Chairman’s Statement within the Half-Year Report, the Board has the operation of the Dividend Investment Scheme (“the Scheme”), which is presently suspended, under review. It ...
by scotia
August 15th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 143
Views: 2798

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

The E3C investigation:- E3C will submit a final report to the Secretary of State within 12 weeks, with an interim report within 5 weeks, this will include: - an assessment of the event; - recommendations and lessons for the future; - an implementation plan to deliver recommendations; and - a publish...
by scotia
August 15th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: I don't think they've thought this through
Replies: 15
Views: 602

Re: I don't think they've thought this through

But why would anyone want a Bath to Paddington season ticket? Bath is a pleasant place to be - so what's wrong with staying in Bath with a good communication link to London? I have carried out video conversations with my grandchildren from many areas of the UK - so surely Bath and London also have s...
by scotia
August 15th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: Sparrowhawk?
Replies: 7
Views: 217

Re: Sparrowhawk?

UncleIan wrote:Great to watch.

That's debatable if you are a pigeon :D
by scotia
August 14th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 143
Views: 2798

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

https://www.nationalgrideso.com/power-cut-9-august-2019 More information:- https://www.flexitricity.com/blog/fridays-power-cuts-few-answers-and-more-questions/ Thanks for the link. It doesn't add much technical detail to what we already know. I'm sure the size and time of the Hornsea loss will have...
by scotia
August 14th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 143
Views: 2798

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

sunnyjoe wrote:https://www.nationalgrideso.com/power-cut-9-august-2019

So It looks like we may get some information by the end of the week.
by scotia
August 14th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 143
Views: 2798

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

So back to the original question then. If all the individual parts can cope with lower frequency, Why does it matter? Why is it not better to have the whole system creaking along at 48Hz rather than shutting huge parts of the system down? Ok - a reducing system wide frequency is caused by a mismatc...
by scotia
August 14th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 143
Views: 2798

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

All generators connected to the transmission system or who have a contract with National Grid are obliged to have the capability to provide governor control as you describe above. National Grid decides which generators it will require and pay to provide governor service and this selection changes d...
by scotia
August 13th, 2019, 11:08 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: The Lemonfool my pic of the day thread
Replies: 763
Views: 49662

Re: The Lemonfool my pic of the day thread

I was off in Fife today, and visited St Monans on the Fife coast where I went on holiday with my parents about 65 years ago. The ship builders have gone, and now yachts outnumber the fishing boats at the harbour. But the Tower remains - only it now has become a pretend windmill. https://imgur.com/PL...

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