May 14, 2018

Report advises UK to invest in energy storage for hydrogen generated from renewables

Renewable Energy
Hydrogen
Energy Storage
Sophie Chapman
2 min
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A recent report released by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers advises the UK government to invest more in energy technology in a bid to reduce reliance on imported gas.

The report, titled ‘Energy from gas: taking a why, usually excess power on the electricity grid or in industry, to create gas, usually in the form of hydrogen,” the report read.

“This hydrogen is electrolysed from water and is energy that can be used across all sectors of the energy system, such as electricity, heat, industry, storage and transport, helping to decarbonise.”

“Power to gas provides a conduit for connecting the energy system together, providing fuel from excess power and reducing air pollution and CO2 emissions.”

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However, excess power from wind and solar projects is currently unable to be stored sue to insufficient storage systems in the UK.

“Government and industry need to step up efforts to provide funding programmes and demonstration sites to encourage the greater use of hydrogen as energy storage,” remarked Dr Jenifer Baxter, lead author and Head of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

“The UK has a strong track record of being at the cutting edge of new energy developments, and this could present the country with a chance to be a world leader in power-to-gas and hydrogen technology.”

“We need to move away from our wasteful culture to a more sustainable and circular economy.”

“Power-to-gas and hydrogen technology could and should play a major role in building this future.”

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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