Trevor Larkum

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So far Trevor Larkum has created 48 blog entries.

My Journey 3: Big Changes Afoot

By |2020-02-10T19:36:14+00:00February 10th, 2020|Battery Storage, Blog, Electric Vehicles, Energy and Climate Change, Our Uncertain Future, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

Work Life While I learnt more about climate change and became more interested in electric vehicles and renewables I continued my existing full-time job working in the oil and gas industry. However I increasingly felt contradictions between my industry and what I was learning about carbon emissions and climate change. In 2010, as we

Setting Economy 7 Times on Your PowerBanx (SolaX) Home Battery Storage System – Online

By |2020-02-06T09:44:47+00:00February 6th, 2020|Battery Storage, Blog, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, PowerBanx, PowerBanx SX, Solar and Battery, Support|

I recently described how to force a charge on a SolaX based home battery system through the screen. Here I'll cover the process to do the same thing through the system's online interface, the SolaX Cloud. Accessing Work Mode: Force Time Use 1. Log into your SolaX Cloud account at https://www.solaxcloud.com/ with your usual

Climate and Ecological Crisis? What’s all the fuss about?

By |2020-02-04T08:54:39+00:00February 4th, 2020|Blog, Energy and Climate Change, News, Opinion, Our Uncertain Future, Prepping and Collapse|

On Friday night I attended a talk on climate change held in Chagford in Dartmoor, south Devon. It was entitled "Climate and Ecological Crisis? What's all the fuss about?" and I found it very interesting, and also quite moving. I went along expecting it to be another vanilla climate change talk - you know

Setting Economy 7 Times on Your PowerBanx (SolaX) Home Battery Storage System

By |2020-02-06T09:43:54+00:00January 31st, 2020|Battery Storage, Blog, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, PowerBanx, PowerBanx SX, Solar and Battery|

I have previously described how to set overnight charging times (for Economy 7 or similar tariffs) on our most popular PowerBanx systems which use an inverter made by Sofar; I've also explained the same process for our premium PowerBanx systems which use an inverter made by Victron. Here I'm going to cover that process

I’m a Collapsologue – Who Knew?

By |2020-01-22T18:23:32+00:00January 22nd, 2020|Blog, Energy and Climate Change, News, Our Uncertain Future, Prepping and Collapse|

I learned two new words today, courtesy of an article linked to from the Positive Deep Adaptation group on Facebook, of which I'm a member. The article is ‘Collapsologie’: Constructing an Idea of How Things Fall Apart. Apparently French writers have defined 'Collapsologie' as the "applied and transdisciplinary science of collapse". Those who think

My Journey 2: How I Started to Look Behind The Curtain

By |2020-02-10T19:38:28+00:00January 22nd, 2020|Blog, Energy and Climate Change, Our Uncertain Future, Prepping and Collapse|

Introduction is here I used to be like everyone else I know, having a job to earn money to buy stuff, run a car, fly on holiday and all the rest. Now, after looking behind the curtain, I have become so concerned about the increasing problems I see with the environment (particularly accelerating climate change,

How Should I Deal with Global Warming? Four Simple Questions

By |2020-02-10T17:43:55+00:00December 12th, 2019|Blog, Energy and Climate Change, News, Opinion, Our Uncertain Future, Prepping and Collapse|

None of us can be unaware of the debates raging about global warming and climate change, but it often seems like there's more smoke than fire. With all the arguing back and forth about emissions targets and lifestyle changes it can be easy to dismiss it all as 'too complicated' and to not know

Power Cut Backup Options with Battery Storage

By |2019-11-29T10:05:46+00:00November 29th, 2019|Battery Storage, Blog, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, Power Cut, PowerBanx, Solar and Battery|

Many of us recently experienced a major national power cut, one that would have been worse had it not been for grid battery storage. In the same way, a battery is a good option to help get us through power cuts in the home and keeping the lights on. Watching the clock in

Preparing for a Power Cut

By |2019-11-29T18:37:55+00:00November 18th, 2019|Battery Storage, Blog, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, Off Grid, Power Cut, Power Generation, PowerBanx, Powerwall, Sofar Solar, Solar, Solar and Battery, Tesla, Victron, Wildfires|

When recently I was notified of an upcoming planned power cut I decided to look into the best ways to get prepared. Until recent years it was uncommon to experience power cuts of any significant duration in Western countries, but that situation is starting to change. A big driver, of course, is climate change

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