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A high-tech bonfire

A company planning to build an incinerator a wood-burning energy generator at Park Grounds Farm near Wootton Bassett would like people to believe it is something better than an incinerator. According to Mr Overfield, the chief executive of Purepower Holdings, it’s much more high-tech than that.

This is certainly not an incinerator. An incinerator is basically a glorified bonfire, whereas this is a piece of advanced technology that can transform the wood brought to the site into enough energy to power 5,000 homes.

So in what way is this different from an incinerator. Again, according to Mr Overfield, it’s advanced!

This is advanced conversion technology, which basically sees the wood heated up to 1,000 degrees. The wood becomes a gas and we put that gas into an engine that uses that as a fuel to power generators.

Hmm…. Perhaps Mr Overfield should have a word with the people at SITA UK ltd who know a thing or two about incinerators, having plans of their own for ‘Energy-from-Waste’ facilities. Here’s the SITA description of their process.

Inside the furnace, a series of grate bars move the waste through the furnace where it is dried and burned at temperatures of around 1000 °C. Burning waste in the furnace creates 2 different materials:

  • Hot flue gas – which is then used to create energy. This is known as renewable energy.
  • Incinerator Bottom Ash – which can be used in construction.

That’s an incinerator producing gas at 1000 °C, unlike Purepower’s ‘Advanced Conversion Technology’, which is something-too-high-tech-to-be-called-an-incinerator creating gas at 1000 °C. If you’re not convinced that this is an incinerator, look at what the equipment supplier at Purepower’s other bonfire power plant project manufacture: furnaces.

incinerator noun a furnace for burning rubbish

I suspect that to Mr Overfield, something that looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and waddles like a duck, is not a duck but an advanced amphibious aeronautic organism.

Summer smog

’Tis amazing how that rarest of things – a bank holiday weekend with good weather – makes so many people forget all their concerns for the environment and rush out to burn some food over charcoal. The acrid fumes from my neighbours’ “cooking” this evening have been really enjoyable.

Wood fires

Having seen that the 12 Bar has recently submitted a planning application for a wooden smoking shelter (like some other pubs already have to overcome the smoking ban), I wondered how long it would be before one of these caught fire (not necessarily from cigarette ends) and these shelters then get banned too.

Putting out the lights

Reading about Swindon Borough Council’s plans to extinguish smoking in enclosed public places by doing 500 inspections on pubs, clubs and the like in the first month of the ban, one thing struck me as wrong, even if one is in favour of the ban. The amount of signage required is just way over the top (with a fine of upto £1000 for getting it wrong).

The main entrance to every workplace in England [has] to display A5 signs including the no-smoking logo and the words “it is against the law to smoke in these premises.” Then further no smoking symbols must be displayed in all company cars and staff entrances.

Unless they’ve been living in another country for the last few months, any staff would know there was a ban being introduced without the need for signs at every entrance. It must be a very profitable time for the sign manufacturers.

Surely some mistake

I can’t quite believe this article from the local newspaper.

YOUNGSTERS were advised about the dangers of smoking after their school was given an award for banning smoking on its grounds.

Smoking charity Quit spoke to pupils at St Joseph’s Catholic College about the dangers of starting smoking, as the school was given a gold level smoke-free award.

Are they seriously suggesting that there are schools that knowingly permit smoking on their grounds?