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    • CommentAuthorJoiner
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2011
    And a solar-powered flame-effect light bulb in the top?
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2011 edited
    Posted By: Joinerflame-effect light bulb

    LED one I hope.

    We could make our own Olympic Torch, I am sure Damon has loads of bulbs kicking about :bigsmile:
    Hi - found a little more info on powering the games,

    GE Energy has been awarded the contract to supply its ecomagination-approved Jenbacher cogeneration technology to power two innovative, natural gas and biomass-fueled energy centers being built in the Olympic Park and Stratford City development. The centers will provide reliable and efficient power, heating and cooling systems for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, as well as new buildings and communities that will develop after 2012.
    The 10MW project, which will have the potential to power approximately 20,000 homes, is a cornerstone of London 2012's goals to increase the use of alternative energy, water conservation and recycling strategies to minimise the environmental impact of the Games.
    "The energy center initiative that includes GE's technology illustrates the advanced energy infrastructure that we are installing in the Olympic Park," said Simon Wright, Olympic delivery authority director of infrastructure and utilities. "The Energy Centers will be the heart of the utilities network in the Olympic Park, fueling not only a summer of world-class sport, but also the lasting regeneration of the area for many years to come."
    The first energy center, featuring two of GE Energy's Jenbacher 3.3MW natural gas cogeneration modules, is being built in the Stratford City development area and will support Olympic Park activities, as well as commercial redevelopment initiatives in East London.
    The second plant, at King's Yard on the Western end of Olympic Park, will be fitted with one 3.3MW GE Energy Jenbacher cogeneration module to help generate needed thermal power for the Aquatics Centre swimming pools and other venues via the Olympic Park's district heating network. The plant also will generate electrical and thermal power for sporting venues, homes and other buildings in the area.
    Both energy facilities will include boilers that use natural gas as feedstock to generate additional heat to meet peak demands. The Kings Yard facility also includes a boiler that can utilise wood chip biomass to generate heat to help meet the base demand.
    "The proven fuel-flexibility and durability of our cogeneration technology will help optimise the performance and reliability of the new energy centers, which will be crucial to the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games and 2012 Paralympic Games, as well as the long-term economic development of London," said Prady Iyyanki, CEO of GE Energy's Jenbacher gas engine business.
    Combined heat and power (CHP) technology is more energy efficient than using separate electrical and thermal power systems and thus helps reduce CO2 emissions from power generation. The CHP plants will help the Olympic Delivery Authority reach its target of a 20 percent reduction in C02 emissions through use of renewable and alternative energy sources compared to traditional heating, cooling and power generation equipment.
    After the Games end, the energy centers at Kings Yard and Stratford City will then be used to support future commercial development in East London for at least 40 years. "GE is a worldwide partner of the Olympic Games through the London 2012 Olympic Games, and its Jenbacher CHP technology has provided reliable onsite electrical and thermal power to help ensure the success of previous Games in China, Italy and Greece," Iyyanki noted.

    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2011
    I read on the web that 400 people had to move to make way for the games and the Olympic village will be converted to 3000 new homes afterwards. Any of these going to be ecofriendly/low energy homes?

    Would be interesting to know emissions and health impact comparison between gas and woodchip on this project. We know 3.3MW biomass heating capacity will require some 10,000 tonnes of woodchip at 20 tonnes/load plus each load of woodchip is 19% air so one journey in five wasted. Gov data details woodchip boiler emissions average PM pollution 70 times higher than NG which correlates to health impact 70 times higher and with no safe minimum exposure to PM, priority is reduction. Can anyone explain logic behind energy decision? Clean woodchip not available locally , use of waste wood brings serious contamination problems and any CO2 benefits claimed appear to lose credibility when energy life cycle is scrutinised.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2012
    Just saw an event in perfect daylight, yet all the flood lights were on too, the same ones that are used at night for the same events when it is bard -- very un-sustainable that is.
    • CommentAuthorSprocket
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2012
    How come nobody has mentioned the taxis yet?

    • CommentAuthorJoiner
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2012
    Ooooh dearie me. :rolling:
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2012 edited
    Posted By: tonyJust saw an event in perfect daylight, yet all the flood lights were on too, the same ones that are used at night for the same events when it is bard
    Probably for the cameras as much as for consistent light for the athletes.
    Now I have no idea what the TV viewing figures are, but how about the energy all those tellys use.

    The Taxis are an interesting one, bit like buying the most economical car and then, because of a break down, having it towed home. Though I would have thought that BOC could have sent a few bottles of H2 to London.
    When you start to look at the carbon contribution of infrastructure the numbers start to look very different.
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