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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

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Join the Solar Gold Rush

Rates of return for Feed-in Tariffs on solar PV systems under 50 megawatts (MW) are due to be reduced, the reduction taking effect in April 2012


Schools benefit from Feed-in Tariff funded solar power

One of my latest articles for Solar Energy Experts:


Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Is Jatropha the way forward for biodiesel?

Jatropha, an otherwise worthless weed found growing in tropical and sub-tropical regions on wasteland, has over recent years been hailed as a really good biodiesel crop, as, apparently, growing it does not threaten agricultural production or rainforest areas. However, there's actually more to it, and Jatropha therefore might not be as free of problems as many would like to think.


Friday, 8 July 2011

CIGS solar pv panels

I've just started writing material for a new client, Prescient Power of Leicestershire. My first article for them was a short piece explaining what CIGS solar pv panels are. Basically they're a kind of thin film solar PV panel. At first they weren't that popular compared to ordinary monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels, but a Germany company has recently improved the efficiency to around 20 percent and now they are starting to take off, especially considering that an American company has improved the design so that they are now taking the form of tubular based PV that can be mounted on any roof regardless of orientation. The science behind CIGS can be complex, but read the article and it will provide you with a brief explanation.


Thursday, 7 July 2011

Graduate rebellion

First, I discovered Graduate Fog and that was really great, finding someone who had the balls to speak out for graduates, but now I've discovered someone else, a grad by the name of Lucy who has noticed that the UK is suffering the same experience that the US had to go through some years ago, that is to say that anyone wanting employment is expected to give up their personal freedoms and become a virtual slave.

If you've no idea what I am on about just have a look at this. Powerful stuff: