Helicopter vs. Wind Farm – Mountain or molehill?

Helicopter vs. Wind Farm – Mountain or molehill?

Robert Llewellyn has produced another great Fully Charged Show episode: More Massive Wind, which focuses on the Burbo Bank offshore wind farm expansion that is off the coast of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. DONG, the owners of the wind farm, offered the Fully Charged Show team a helicopter tour to show off the 32 massive Vestas V164 8MW turbines that have been installed as part of the 256 MW wind farm expansion. As mentioned in the video, these turbines stand taller than the 180m London ‘ Gherkin ‘ building and have a swept area larger than that of the London Eye. The use of a helicopter for the episode was, however, criticised by some viewers that implied that the benefits of the wind farm were undone through the use of a helicopter. Helicopters do burn fossil fuels and therefore produce greenhouse gas emissions but how much and how does this compare with the greenhouse gas savings that the wind farm generates compared to the UK grid? Are we talking a mountain or a molehill? Let’s quickly run the numbers and see how they measure up. To answer this question we need to get some facts on the table: What type of helicopter were they flying in? How much fuel did the helicopter consume? How much electricity is produced by the wind farm extension? What is the greenhouse intensity of UK grid electricity? What are the embodied emissions of the wind farm? How do the greenhouse gas emissions of the wind farm compare to the UK grid? What type of helicopter were they flying in? Let’s start with an...
Life Cycle Costing Case Study Published

Life Cycle Costing Case Study Published

Have you ever wondered which option would be cheaper over the whole life cycle of a project? This is where Life Cycle Costing (LCC) can help. Life cycle costing is particularly suited to transparently calculate a project’s costs using a whole life cycle approach including the capital costs, operation, maintenance, transport, and final disposal. We are delighted to have contributed a case study to the book – Life Cycle Costing: For the Analysis, Management and Maintenance of Civil Engineering Infrastructure. The chapter explains life cycle costing through work that compared the electrification options at a site in rural Thailand, including community hydropower. The book is available through...
Ever wondered about the carbon footprint of Sorbent® toilet paper or Tork® paper hand towels?

Ever wondered about the carbon footprint of Sorbent® toilet paper or Tork® paper hand towels?

Congratulations to Asaleo Care Ltd for being the first tissue paper manufacturer in the world to produce comprehensive Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) of their toilet paper and hand towel products. Their independently verified EPDs document the environmental impacts over the life cycle, from cradle to grave, or this case from forest-to-flush! Andrew D Moore from Life Cycle Logic verified the background life cycle assessment report and EPDs that were prepared by Jeff Vickers at thinkstep so that they could be registered with the Australasian EPD Programme. Read the EPD reports for Sorbent®, Purex®, and Tork® toilet tissue and the Tork® hand towels to find out all the...
Battery Powered Homes – ABC Catalyst

Battery Powered Homes – ABC Catalyst

“There’s a power revolution heading for our homes – a device that allows you to take power into your own hands. Its batteries, home batteries, and they’ve been called the holy grail of renewables – the key to the transition away from fossil fuels. Australia is at the vanguard of this revolution – we will be one of the first countries in the world to experience the transition to the battery powered home. Find out how you can be part of it.” Watch this amazing Catalyst episode by clicking on the button! View the full...
Communicating Sustainability – Perth Green Drinks

Communicating Sustainability – Perth Green Drinks

Go to GreenDrinks Video Channel A big thanks to the whole Green Drinks Perth team for putting on another great event! For those who missed it or want to see it all again, the button at the above will take you to the Perth Green Drinks YouTube channel. I thought it would be great to add some references if you want to learn more about how to effectively communicate sustainability. Firstly the solar references I mentioned in the presentation… The number of solar installations in WA – http://pv-map.apvi.org.au/historical#4/-26.67/134.12 How fast solar is being installed in Australia – http://reneweconomy.com.au/2015/australian-households-installed-rooftop-solar-system-every-2-8-minutes-in-2014-2014 And now to the amazing references new and old on how to effectively communicate … How to win friends and influence people The 1936 master piece by Dale Carnegie. Tribes Seth Godin has many books that have so much to teach us including “Tribe”. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini. And for a cocky New York take on storytelling you can’t go past Gary Vaynerchuk. He has so many brilliant videos but here is one of my favourites [Bad Language Warning!]. And I can’t go past Ira Glass who gives the basics of storytelling and so much...