What is public support for renewable energy in the UK?

What is public support for renewable energy in the UK?

UK support is highest yet for solar, wave and wind energy, according to the latest report by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

 How do the figures stack up?

The latest Public Attitudes Tracker by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) suggests that approx 80% of people in the UK expressed support for renewable energy, with 445 strongly supporting it. Only 2% oppose the use of renewable energy.

  • 80% of the respondents support solar energy
  • 79% support wave and tidal power
  • 77% are in favour of offshore wind farms
  • 73% are in favour of onshore wind energy generation

This ties in with the findings that 80% of the UK population are either very, or fairly concerned about climate change.

Acknowledgments

Read the BEIS Public Attitudes Tracker June 2020 key findings

More information

Wave energy can be married to offshore wind solutions.

Get up to 100% funding for your green energy projects

Use our Advisory Board to learn more about onshore and offshore wind energy solutions.

Countering Fossil-Fuel’s Drawbacks

Countering Fossil-Fuel’s Drawbacks

Using fossil fuels has major drawbacks in addition to their combustion emitting greenhouse gases. A considerable portion of the energy produced goes to waste, mostly heat in combustion processes, power plants, and due to high-temperatures.

Specialist consultancy Capgemini recently produced its report ‘Investments in next-generation clean technologies. 55 Tech Quests to accelerate Europe’s recovery and pave the way to climate neutrality.’ in which they identify 55 actionable recommendations around the solutions and projects that can be scaled up to help meet net-zero targets, from new generation solar modules and bifacial solar panels to large-scale hydrogen production and combined solar generation, energy storage, and grids.

Solar takes center stage

Solar technologies took center stage in the report when it came to energy generation, with Capgemini identifying the need for giga-scale manufacturing of new solar modules and increased use of bifacial panels to improve efficiency. This appears to be confirmed by the International Energy Agency’s recent ‘World Energy Outlook’ report in which they place solar energy as the ‘new king’ of the energy sector. They estimate that globally, annual additions of the technology are set to almost triple by 2030 from today’s levels, setting new records for deployment each year after 2022.

Floating offshore wind as a solution

Offshore floating wind was also identified as a technology quest, with a need to “unlock” 80% of Europe’s offshore wind potential through a rapid scale-up of new generation floating wind structures. In the UK there is a growing push in the sector, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently increasing the country’s target to 40GW of offshore wind by 2030. To reach this he has committed £160 million of funding to develop the supply chain, with a particular focus on floating wind.

Heat Pumps are a hot recommendation

The Capgemini report highlighted heat pumps as a technology quest in their own right, with Capgemini identifying the need to multiply the number of installed heat pumps, betting on synergies with the EV industry to launch low-cost heat pump factories. 

Storing energy is important

Energy storage was also identified as its own separate technology, with a need to develop viable short to long duration storage alternatives to lithium-ion batteries, which the report suggests may not be the go-to choice for stationary storage for environmental and economic reasons.

More information

Can offshore wind satisfy the worlds energy needs?

Can offshore wind satisfy the worlds energy needs?

With more than 70% of our planet covered by water, offshore wind energy has the potential to become a mainstay of the world’s power supply.

Fossil fuels are still prevalent at the moment

In 2018, global energy-related CO2 emissions reached a historical high of 33.1 Gt CO2
(a rise of 1.7% over 2017). Fossil fuels still accounted for nearly two thirds of global electricity generation (roughly the same share as twenty years ago)

The de-carbonisation of global economies and tackling air pollution are international goals. The need for clean and affordable low-carbon technologies to produce electricity instead of from fossil fuels is now more pressing than ever if not long overdue.

The huge potential of wind energy

Harvesting wind energy can have a major impact in a rapid clean energy transition. Around the world, wind-generation capacity installed both onshore and offshore has increased in the past two decades, increasing rapidly from 7.5GW in 1997 to 564GW by 2018.

Offshore wind

Offshore wind farms can be more efficient and have higher capacity factors than
onshore ones, due to higher and more consistent wind speeds.

In 2018, offshore wind had a total capacity of 23GW with approximately 80% of it installed in Europe. However this still accounts for only 0.3% of global electricity generation. 

The global offshore wind market grew nearly 30% per year between 2010 and 2018.
In 2018, a total of 4.3GW of new offshore wind capacity was installed. By mid-2019,
there were over 5,500 offshore turbines connected to a grid in 17 countries.

The floating turbine solution.

Floating turbines could meet the world’s electricity demand more than 11 times over by 2040. At present we believe there are currently:

  • 55MW of prototypes installed,
  • 50 MW in construction and
  • 126 MW worth of contracts awarded.

These projects with three or more turbines can double the current capacity of floating offshore wind generation and are expected to increase capacity almost five-fold by 2023, but still only are a tiny faction of what is needed.

Update 21/10/2020

The Prime Minister stated this week that he  wanted the country to become the “world leader in low-cost clean power generation.” stressing the importance of renewable energy sources, especially offshore wind.

“We believe that in ten years’ time, offshore wind will be powering every home in the country, with our target rising from 30 gigawatts to 40 gigawatts.”

“As Saudi Arabia is to oil, the U.K. is to wind — a place of almost limitless resource but, in the case of wind, without the carbon emissions, without the damage to the environment.” 

Acknowledgments

  • Offshore Wind Outlook 2019 – IEA
  • The EU Blue economy report 2020 – European Commission
  • Future of wind – IRENA 

More information

Wave energy can be married to offshore wind solutions.

Get up to 100% funding for your green energy projects

Use our Advisory Board to learn more about onshore and offshore wind energy solutions.

Pin It on Pinterest