Wind power provided more energy than nuclear in the UK’s first quarter
For the first time in the UK, wind power has contributed more energy for the nation than nuclear in a quarter.
Between January and March this year, wind power generated 18.8% of Britain’s energy, whilst nuclear power provided the nation with 18.78%.
However, gas still generated the most power, having contributed to 39.4% of the country’s total needs.
During the night of 17 March, wind almost provided half of the UK’s electricity, creating enough power to contribute 47% to the total energy used, claims Imperial College London.
The industry also provided between 12-43% of the nation’s required energy during six sub-zero temperature days in the review period.
In the first quarter of 2018, two nuclear power plants were offline temporarily for maintenance, whilst one facility had to be turned off due to seaweed getting in the cooling system.
Combined, wind and solar power have managed to triumph over nuclear energy, but this is the first time wind has succeeded on its own.
“There’s no sign of a limit to what we’re able to do with wind in the near future,” the Guardian reported Dr Rob Gross, Author of Drax Electric Insights report, stating.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.