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Our solar panels complained strongly about the weather yesterday evening: Tuesday was so gloomy, that it was worse than on many winter days! Let me illustrate that with a quick statistic. In January of this year, more than half of the time the panels produced significantly more electricity than they did yesterday: 17 days saw numbers well above the 1.25 KWh of August 8. Of all the August days in the life of our installation, only the 26th of 2014 was a tiny bit worse.

What a contrast with what we hear about Southern Europe, where a heat wave is causing droughts…

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I have updated the numbers on our electricity production. There’s nothing exceptional to report. If anything, a number just below average isn’t surprising, considering the many half-cloudy days of July. It seems contrary to to expectations, but the heat of many of those July days did not come from the sun, but from hot air blown coming from the South.

We had at most two days without clouds; if there are numbers on that somewhere, then surely July 2017 will be very much below average on that count!

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The weather was very dry last month in Belgium, and our farmers don’t like that. In terms of sunshine, the month was rather average. Our solar panels registered 102% of the average solar energy production for June over the previous 7 years: better than expected after the low numbers so far this year, but far from exceptional.

On to July and the summer holidays!

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The weather of last few weeks of May Was relatively sunny, here in Belgium. Nevertheless, the solar energy production of the past month ended up (slightly) below average, and below the target of 290 KWh that I hoped to achieve.

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What our cells need, is lots of sun and temperatures that don’t go into the high twenties or more (Celcius!) – but that combination is rather rare here in summer.

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This blog has been a quiet place, the last two weeks. Well, I have been busy with organising a motorcycle day trip with friends, and that takes time – even when some of the scouting has already been done. To get in the mood, just have a look at some of the pictures I took on the route of this trip. I’m pleased to say that my friends were impressed with the fact that there are still so many small, rustic and green roads in the province of Antwerp.

Calm and relaxed, near the canal…

As an example, have a look at the bridge in the picture above. I was surprised to find out that there are still iron bridges with a wooden deck in our region. If you don’t believe me (nor Google Streetview – see below), just head over to a road called Mosselgoren in Geel…

(As seen in (c) 2017 Google Streetview)

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Without an obvious reason, my iPad started an endless bootloop last Saturday. Very annoying: I had used it to check my mail, put it to sleep, and a few hours later all I saw was the Apple logo coming on and disappearing, coming on and disappearing, etc.

In the end I had to resort to the DFU trick and re-initialise the device, with the iPad connected to my Mac. Since all my essential data are on the Web, I did not lose much info. But I’m still reconfiguring everything – my last backup dated from 2015!

Luckily, although it cost me several hours, the situation did not turn into an iPocalypse ;-)

Go read the rest on Scripting.com!

Like Dave Winer, I think an iPocalypse is a great premisse for a story, bookwise or as a movie.

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Less Sun In April

Quick update on our solar energy production: April 2017 produced a “below average” number of KWh. The total is similar to last year, but almost 15% below the average of the past 7 years. That’s three months in a row dragging down our averages – let’s hope the rest of the year does not go the same way.


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