Posts by — Nick Rosen

In UK and US – fears of winter blackouts
by NICK ROSEN on NOVEMBER 24, 2014 - 0 Comments in energy

Utility power companies fail to meet their obligations

Remember this? NYC 2004

PANAPRESS & D Tel: – What does New York City have in common with London? They are both threatened by ageing power plants and failing Nuclear reactors that might plunge the world’s twin financial centres into darkness if there was a cold snap.

What makes us think the City that is so great they named it twice could be on the edge thanks to a power plant some 300 miles away on the shore of Lake Ontario?

The answer lies in a little-noticed, highly technical document filed in August with the state Public Service Commission. (more…)

America’s Fugitive Family star on UK TV
by NICK ROSEN on NOVEMBER 12, 2014 - 0 Comments in people

The Grays - Armed and Dangerous - to star on TV

Grandchildren – innocent victims

In another portrayal of off-gridders as Raving Monsters, British Channel 4 has secured access to controversial American family The Grays, who have spent the last 14 years living off-grid in a heavily armed compound in Texas.

The 60-minute doc includes exclusive access to the family, who live outside Gun Barrel City in Texas, and was filmed over several months. (more…)

Living in a Fire Truck
by NICK ROSEN on OCTOBER 31, 2014 - 1 Comment in people


Forester Simon Danant started living in his 1980s Bedford truck last summer. Its a former Army fire engine.

He moves it around Cambridgeshire, living behind hedges or down green lanes for a week or two at a time. (more…)

Great Autos for the Boonies
by NICK ROSEN on OCTOBER 4, 2014 - 2 Comments in mobile

Off-=Road best in a Chevrolet

Take a Chevy to the Levee

Getting away from it all – really away – is harder than most would like to think.

I went to an off-grid festival last month at Thoulestone Park, and all I could hear was the hum of the nearby freeway. Escaping completely from roads while hauling all the gear you will need requires the right auto. Too big and you will have trouble on mountain tracks.

Here’s my pick of the new off-roaders for any action excursion. (more…)

Water-cooled solar panel
by NICK ROSEN on OCTOBER 2, 2014 - 0 Comments in energy

IBM technology for watercooling solar panel being used in new sun=tracker to deliver clean water

Bruno Michel at IBM made the breakthrough

A new solar harvester that can provide power and clean water is in the works. Its hardly suprising that panels can overheat in the very sun that powers them, and the innovation is a way of cooling the panels.

Its manufacturers claim that the Sunflower could soon become the first “drop-in” machine to provide renewable energy, water and heat to off-grid communities in remote regions. (more…)

Greedy power companies in Queensland
by NICK ROSEN on SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 - 0 Comments in off-grid-101

By David French – journalist on the Queensland Times (a greedy newspaper)

RATHER than embracing change, the owner-custodians of Queensland’s power industry have treated it as a cash cow. They have milked the assets for cash, failing to invest in generation, and over-investing in distribution. Those lurks ended, now they are going to hive off the poles and the wires.

At the same time the overall industry has been the domain of engineers and unions, none which (generally and sadly) is particularly well versed in understanding the characteristics of markets.

Let me help all participants with a few facts: (more…)

Brits leave UK to go off-grid
by NICK ROSEN on SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 - 0 Comments in self-sufficiency

There are too many obstacles to living off the grid in the UK, so thousands of young people are travelling across the continent to get closer to nature. Kate Brennan and her husband, Geoff Copstick are living in the New Zealand countryside. He is from Glasgow and I am from Liverpool so we were not exactly country people,” Brennan says.

They purchased a 1.6-hectare property. “I’m not sure what I imagined it would become when we set it up but it has certainly taken on a bigger life of its own,” she says. (more…)

What do you miss about living off-grid?
by NICK ROSEN on SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 - 1 Comment in community

1x1placeholderA BBC pop-up asks folks living in Colorado what they miss about leaving the grid behind. Its a nice compilation of radio voices, with scenic Colorado mountain views and a jaunty sound track – find the link on the next page. (more…)

Looking for Real Families living off the grid
by NICK ROSEN on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 - 7 Comments in off-grid-101

alaska bush peopleThe success of Alaska Bush people on Discovery TV has pushed off-grid living up the agenda. But its another example of choosing off-grid people because they are half-crazed and will say things the media love.

We are looking for Real families – who do not talk like Jess Ventura – who live TOTALLY off the grid – away from the system – using guns rather than washing machines, solar panels and not cellphones.

Please send photos now – contact

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