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Weston Super Mare, Somerset, United Kingdom
Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Robin Whitlock. I am a freelance journalist with a special interest in environmental issues and renewable energy. I have numerous published articles to my credit and write regularly for a number of renewable energy websites. I am also a writer for Renewable Energy Magazine and a sub-editor for Renewable Energy Focus. I am currently based in Bristol, UK. Besides renewable energy and green issues I have a wide variety of other interests which includes World War 2, mythology and folklore, gardening, railways and lots more besides. You can also reach me on either of my two email addresses, which are: robinwhitlock66@hotmail.com and robinwhitlock1966@gmail.com Thanks!

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Hire Me!! - Freelance Journalist specializing in environmental issues and renewable energy
Writer for Renewable Energy Magazine
Sub-editor for Renewable Energy Focus
Contributor to Holmes Digital Media websites (Solar Guide, Renewables Guide, Boiler Guide, Builder Guide)
Contributor to Cleversolar blog and Find Energy Savings
Published in numerous national magazines
See below for writing samples

Friday, 20 May 2011

The Battle of Stokes Croft, Bristol

As many people in the UK and perhaps beyond will now know, some people in Stokes Croft, Bristol, got a little upset about the intrusion of the supermarket giant Tesco in the area. A campaign to stop Tesco opening a store in this particularly unique and perhaps Bohemian part of Bristol has been waged for over a year, all to no avail, since the Council's planning department passed approval and that, in part, is what caused some people out on the streets on April 21st to get a little irate, aided by around 160 police that is. Anyway, here is my article written for The Ecologist magazine on this whole episode:

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/895229/underhand_tactics_and_smear_campaign_alleged_over_controversial_tesco_store.html

Monday, 9 May 2011

Batteries that run on sea water

It's true! A team from Stanford University is attempting to develop batteries that run on sea water, or more specifically entropic energy which can be extracted from the difference in salinity between fresh water and sea water. The process uses ions of sodium and chlorine, of which there are more in sea water. They use fresh water to start off with. The fresh water is charged and then subsequently drained and replaced by sea water. The charge is held inside one of the two electrodes which is made of manganese dioxide (the other electrode being made of silver). There is no need for a membrane as in other new types of battery. I've written an article on this for AskTheExperts which you can find here: http://bit.ly/moaFeT