Below is this week’s summary. It should be a one minute read relevant to UK energy with links to documents for those who wish to read more.
(Click a bullet point to open the relevant article)
Tuesday – 13th August
- China, world leader in solar power, now has solar-powered electricity as cheap as the rest of the grid. Coal still provides 60% of power.
- UK companies are investing in a facility to convert waste plastic into hydrogen in northwest England.
Wednesday – 14th August
- 250,000 tons of waste wood per year, from household recycling centres in Dorset and Hampshire, previously sent to Sweden, will now be transported to a newly opened plant in Wales to generate electricity.
Thursday – 15th August
- The North West Hydrogen Alliance has written to the UK Energy Minister, Andrea Leadsom, to say that hydrogen is essential to meet UK’s 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas emissions targets.
Friday – 16th August
- Largest wind turbine blade in the world, intended for north sea deployment, over 100m long, has been brought from Netherlands, for testing in northeast England.
- Telegraph article reports that total UK energy bills include £170 million per year to switch off wind turbines when power is not needed or wind levels are too high.
- Previous update showed UK government will provide funds to use or store this ‘waste-wind’.
Sunday – 18th August
- Oxford Institute for Energy Studies concludes that a number of factors mean that the future of UK offshore gas production is bright… improved from 2015.
- FT article reports on the potential opportunity to use the warm water from disused UK coal mines as a source of heat.