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 – 8th September
- An engineering firm has calculated that, in order to reach net zero by 2050, UK needs to install 6520 offshore wind turbines; build 48 natural gas plants, 66 biomass facilities and 6 nuclear power stations, as well as 20 GW of onshore wind, 80 GW of solar and 15-30 GW of energy storage.
Wednesday – 9th September
- According to a study by Honda, based on official data and conversations with 2000 people, Manchester is the most ‘eco-friendly’ place in the UK. The report also suggests that 41% of UK households have a smart meter fitted.
Thursday – 10th September
- The UK Government has rejected the appeal to open a new open-cast coal mine in NE England. The same article reports that Government figures show UK demand for coal was 8 million tonnes in 2019.
- A UK Government press release has announced £65 million investment to develop robot technology for the nuclear industry and batteries for electric planes as part of the ‘Build Back Better’ campaign.
- This article states that hydrogen heating boilers are now a reality and that, with 85% of domestic properties currently using natural gas for heating, replacing this with a carbon-free hydrogen boiler is the only way as part of a net zero emissions transition.
Friday – 11th September
- An article in WIRED describes the building of wind turbines offshore China, expected to overtake UK as world leader in the near future.
- The Head of the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced a strategy for development of a hydrogen economy will be included in the White Paper on energy expected in the near future ahead of the postponed Conference of Parties (CoP26) to be held in Glasgow in 2021.