energy efficiency

UK energy infrastructure simulation game: computer science group project proposal

Here's a draft proposal for a computer science group project that I'm thinking of submitting...

Could we power the entire of the UK electricity grid on renewables alone? What about a mixture of nuclear and renewables? How much would this scenario cost to build? Or what about going to the other extreme and switching our power generation to 100% coal? What implications would that have?

Discussions about energy are becoming quite common in the media. Questions like those listed above are frequently asked but it's hard to find good answers. One of the big problems in communicating energy issues to the wider public is that people have little sense of the scales involved.

The aim of this project will be to build a kind of "SimCity" game to allow members of the public to explore different energy scenarios for the UK (or for the whole world if you're feeling very ambitious!). Users would be allowed to input any scenario and the game would simulate the consequences. Points are lost for triggering power blackouts or excessive environmental damage.

A better central heating control system

Update: The following blog describes my "ideal" central heating system; the idea being that I'd build this myself if I got the time. It looks like I won't get the time to build this any time soon so I've started looking at off-the-shelf solutions. My research on off-the-shelf solutions is detailed here.

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