Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Wind farms and diesel engines

As I sit looking at the Burnfoot wind farm I can't help wondering if the scientists who advised the Blair government on the environmental advantages of diesel engines didn't move on to become climate scientists. Wouldn't surprise me in the least.

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  1. We are being let down by people and organisations that we should be able to trust. As you point out it wouldn't surprise me either. As I have worked with diesel engines all my life and know the carcinogens they give off I have often wondered about emissions. Then there's VW and probably others too.

    1. The issue is close to our hearts at the moment since Lynne picks up her new Skoda Yeti Outdoor 4x4 2.0 TDI on Saturday. It has the EU6 engine so doesn't have the 'cheat' software, but with the anti-diesel lobby in full flight, what it will be worth in a few years is anybody's guess.

    2. My opinion is that you will have nothing to worry about. If the emissions are in government guidelines then your trade in price against another vw badged vehicle shood be OK. I doubt it would be good for business if diesels plummeted because of the gap that would be created between being able to buy a new one.
      If diesels were to plummet then I recon vw would have some sort of trade in deal to ofset the shortfall. I too have a vw diesel BTW.

  2. Late to the party, again... (sigh)
    A wonderful post Gibson!

    I bought a rather nice (petrol) BMW over fifteen years ago, as I was doing some 45,000 miles a year at the time. I was well aware, even back then of the dangers from particulates, as one of the reasons for the purchase was that BMW claimed to fit air filters that cut out diesel particulates from entering the cabin. In fact, back then diesel cars were thought to be a bit crap, really.

    It was only after I had made a real mess of the car after pranging it quite badly that I was loned a thumping great diesel Merc, and learned to adore the massive torque...
    I'm such a tart!

    I've been pondering the VW debacle and came to the conclusion that if a government insisted that I should have my engine modified to reduce the emissions I would tell them to go to hell, as by doing so they would strangle the power of the engine, and reduce its desirability (and price) when second hand.

    As for it being solely a VW problem - well I think that's pie in the sky. As far as I can recall only one manufacturer has so far announced publicly that their engines are not adjusted by similar software - BMW. The rest are sitting on their hands wondering what the hell to do.

    That's the trouble when governments set arbitrary targets - whether in pollution, education, health or green house gases. As soon as targets are set organisations find ways to meet those targets rather than better solutions to the world's problems. That's why we have ended up with a tighter and tighter energy security margin every winter - we have invested massively in intermittent power wind farms and solar panels and are shutting down reliable coal fired plant. And of course, with wind having first crack, unopposed, at selling to the grid at a guaranteed price point, this makes gas fired stations less economic and so they now require subsidies to generate!

    You really could not make it up. It makes my blood boil...

    And, calm...