Unless you're from Essex, like me, in which case it's
pronounced "silly Suffu_k".
(there's probably some historical reason, likely dating
to the middle ages, for that; but no-one ever explained
it to me).
Thanks for that; was wondering...
BTW, maybe you know -- in Kent there a a number of places with "Hoo" in
the name. I asked locally when there what it means, if anything, nobody
knew. Like "St Mary Hoo" was a particular little village between the
Thames and Medway. (I was there doing some coal-flow
testing/instrument-development work at the nearby Kingsnorth Station).
Hmmm....perhaps but there really certainly wasn't much in the way of any
hill in the area I was aware of--it's all pretty much flat as W KS
(altho a _whole lot_ greener :) ) that I saw...it's not but a few miles
to the channel. I know the peninsula it's in between the two river
mouths was also "Hoo" just wondered the origin...lacking a better
explanation, guess this one'll do as good as any! :)
Doesn't look like with the "war on coal" currently going on there'll be
any further development on the pulverized coal-flow instrumentation we
were developing/testing there and I've pretty-much given up the tech
consulting gig being back on the family farm so doubt I'll get back over
there again...was very enjoyable/educational; had four trips iirc and
managed to take at least some extra time with each...including a
motoring trip across the middle off all the main roads to "The North"
and on up as far as Edinborough and then swing back down the west side
to get back to London for the flight home...no preset itinerary, just
found B&B's along the way and puttered.
I can understand your frustration about the "war" as I consult to the
oil industry and often work on projects from the Alberta Oil Sands, as I
will be later this week.
..was very enjoyable/educational; had four trips iirc and
I go back every year and enrich the trip by going on cycling holidays in
France with my b-i-l.
I left the UK in 1971 and there's no way I would ever go back to live.
It's a foreign country to me now.
Kewl...I presume current oil prices aren't helping there, either; it and
the glut of NG that's the byproduct of enhanced oil production
technologies besides the oil have essentially completely shut down any
work at all around here...to the point Halliburton closed the local
field office, moved out and has the facility up for sale.
Well, the US is turning into that as well for us it seems...or at the
very least we've got a crowd in control seemingly determined to do so. :(
This (the replacement of coal by natural gas in electric
generation) is very reminiscent of the replacement of
steam locomotives by diesels in the 50's. Basically,
given the labor of shipping it, preparing it for use,
and disposing of the ashes, coal has to be much cheaper
than natural gas (now) or diesel (then).
With natural gas looking to be cheap for the forseeable
future, it seems unlikely coal will ever be economical
again, just like it wasn't for locomotives.
It's not the coal that's the costly part, it's all the added regulatory
burdens added specifically to price it out.
OTOH, while NG is currently in abundance my personal feeling is that is
going to be temporary and go away much more quickly than is envisioned
generally at the moment and "then you'll be sorry!" we've wasted so much
of what is in the end far more valuable as a home heating fuel,
feedstock for chemical processes, etc., etc., etc., than to waste on
How do you figure? With coal, you have to build a railroad
to the powerplant, run trains to it, build a rotary dumper
to unload the trains, have conveyors to move the coal, have
a crusher to pulverize the coal - all that before you even
start to burn it. With gas, build a pipeline and light a
Then, with gas once it's burned you're done. With coal you
end up with ash, which has to be collected and loaded into
trucks (or another train) and hauled off to be disposed of.
And pulverized coal is abrasive, so every so often you have
to replace the boiler tubes.
It's quite a lot more expensive to burn coal. Coal has to
sell at a substantial discount to gas to be the preferred
fuel. And that's exclusive of any regulatory burden.
(I also kind of think you can't run a combined cycle plant
on coal, which is currently the most efficient design. If
so, that's another reason coal is more expensive. Perhaps
dpb can comment on that).
"Easier" initially isn't necessarily all the issue...AC transmission
line losses are a major problem; in fact new long-distance lines (and
many existing from the massive hydro generation in Canada to the NE US)
are now DC. Possible primarily owing to the advances in solid state
that make large-current voltage transformers practical now that weren't
in TAE's time.
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