In May 2008, John Tasker wrote to ask: “With the current price of oil and the re-opening of some coal mines, has any thought been given to coal-fired alternative mentioned in the design spec for the 5AT?”. Chris Newman offered the following response: What you say about the effects of oil price rises is quite […]
With the prospect of ever-rising oil prices, should the 5AT’s design be based on the use of coal?
Why not fuel the 5AT with “bio-mass”, ethanol or other fuel that is more environmentally friendly than gas oil, and seek the benefit of a government grant?
In 2005, the question was asked as to whether consideration had been given to firing the 5AT with “bio-mass”, ethanol or other fuel that is more environmentally friendly than gas oil, since this might offer cash benefits through government grants. Chris Newman responded as follows: This is a very valid question that I have been […]
On page 83 of his book, Wardale quotes a 19th century writer, saying: “We were trying to keep out of trouble by preventing smoke, but soon found that the prevention of smoke and the saving of fuel did not agree. If you prevented smoke, you burned more fuel.” Chris Newman asked why this should be […]
David Wardale has proposed that the 5AT be fueled with “gas oil“, saying it was “equivalent to diesel“. In fact, gas oil is diesel fuel but without the dyes which show it has had the road tax paid. Note – the possibilities of using “greener” fuels in the 5AT are discussed in other sections of […]