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About murphaph

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  1. We experienced awful customer service from them when their own kitchen planner incorrectly specified the custom worktop dimensions for our kitchenwhich they designed for us. The guys in store tried to help but the central distribution place that ships the worktops were completely uncooperative. We ended up using our legal insurance and got a lawyer to write to them. Once that happened they accepted the mistake and shipped out the correct worktop free of charge, refunding us for the wrong one. I assume a letter from a lawyer goes to "legal" and they make a simple calculation about the costs involved and take the path of least resistance.
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    You're right. It's the exact opposite of patriotism. Party and personal career come first.
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    Morgan and Hancock are completely shameless sellouts.
  4. Berlin to get a Tesla Gigafactory

    I stand corrected but I can't justify the cost of a model X. The S and 3 as you say only to 1000kg which is not enough for my needs personally. At least Tesla certifies its vehicles to tow anything. Many EV manufacturers do not. As you say, it's not a limitation of the motive power. It's a choice the manufacturers are making to not allow their EV models to tow.
  5. Berlin to get a Tesla Gigafactory

    Looks weird but it's the first electric car that can pull a proper trailer AFAIK. The Zoe can pull about 750kg iirc and most are not certified by the manufacturer to tow anything. I've a 1300kg trailer. I'd be up for the switchover to an EV but only when I can buy one that pulls that trailer.
  6. Berlin to get a Tesla Gigafactory

    This is supposed to be a battery plant, a drivetrain plant and a car plant in one location. That's what has been announced anyway. What ends up happening...   The R&D centre is allegedly going to Berlin proper.
  7. Berlin to get a Tesla Gigafactory

    The plant doesn't have to be finished to see production start. I worked for IBM many years ago in a new plant where production started before construction was complete and the gigafactory concept is built around this idea.   They will probably count final assembly of largely assembled cars as "production".
  8. permission to skip school at airport

    They will ask the kids directly in German but really it's not a good idea to raise your kids to lie to the cops.
  9. permission to skip school at airport

    And when the cops ask your kids where they live?
  10. Berlin to get a Tesla Gigafactory

    Some people already wire DC sockets centrally in their new builds. With solid state FETs replacing mechanical contacts the sparking issue can be resolved.   I'm talking about quite a few years in the future but I think this is the direction things will take.   Appliances are becoming more efficient. That's the biggest change we are seeing. A TV from 20 years ago drew a heck of a lot more current than an equivalent model today.
  11. Berlin to get a Tesla Gigafactory

    In the end Edison may 'win' with DC.   Most things in people's homes actually consume it. Only larger (in a domestic sense) motors typically directly use the AC that comes into the house through the mains supply but how many AC motors does a house have compared to everything else? Dishwasher, washing machine, heat pump, central heating pump perhaps and ventilation system fan? That's all we have in our house anyway. Small fans inside electronics like PCs are actually DC. These 'larger' motors can all be replaced with DC versions. EVs have DC motors. There will be a cornucopia of new DC motors on the market in short order due to the explosion of EV use.   All those phone and laptop chargers all contain rectifiers to convert Tesla's AC into Edison's DC for end use in the various devices.   AC became popular for one reason: it is more efficient to transmit electricity over long distances using AC but in the future I suspect homes will not have mains connections and will run completely off solar energy, which is DC. AC will be retired for consumer devices at some point in the future I believe as it will be completely pointless.   Currently most PV installations have an inverter which perversely converts the DC into 230Vac so it is compatible with the existing infrastructure of the house and so it can be fed into the grid when too much is being produced for the building itself. This is also a lossy process.   Inversion and rectification are both inefficient. That's the heat you feel from your laptop charger. Pure wasted energy.    
  12. Berlin to get a Tesla Gigafactory

    It's in planning Jeremy. I have other electrical work to do due to garage build which I will combine with the PV install.  
  13. Berlin to get a Tesla Gigafactory

    Solar will live up to its potential in time. The cost of even the existing tech is continuing to fall. I can cover my roof in PV today and it will have completely paid for itself in 10 years. The panels have expected lifetimes of 40+ years, losing some efficiency over time. That's at least 30 years of free electricity and that's at current prices. 
  14. Berlin to get a Tesla Gigafactory

    Jeremy... we've been talking about solar as an alternative to fossil fuels for the generation in this very thread! Perhaps you should read more than just the old conspiracy theory websites ;-)   Mike makes a super point. There's every possibility you will see current Tesla models running with newer generation batteries in 10 years with a solid used market for the batteries for home PV installations.
  15. Berlin to get a Tesla Gigafactory

    I wouldn't focus too much on any particular rare earth elements. There are other research projects into batteries that show promise, even biological energy storage.    We will probably not need lithium or cobalt for the batteries of the future.   People thought you'd need a horse for your carriage a little over a century ago. It's just a pity oil was so abundant. We'd have moved on from it decades ago already if it hadn't been.