Wind lights up the weekend

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Wind lights up the weekend

October 2014

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A leading renewable energy expert is predicting wind energy will continue to set new records for its share of the UK’s power output.
 
A new record of providing 24 per cent of the UK’s power share over a 24-hour period between October 18 and 19 was set last weekend, beating the previous 22% generation share which occurred in August 2014.
 
Not only did wind turbines provide sufficient power for 17 million homes at the point of peak generation, they eclipsed the output of nuclear power stations over the whole weekend and allowed regular export from a number of coal powered plants to be stopped.
 
Darren Edwards, a partner at Fisher German’s Market Harborough office who works extensively in the renewable energy sector, said as more wind turbines were being built, a larger proportion of the UK’s energy output would be via renewable energy sources.
 
“Despite the Government’s questionable attitude towards renewable energy and the role it has to play in future energy generation in the UK, this new power share record only serves to demonstrate the real time contribution wind energy – not to mention other renewable technologies – is making to our current supply mix,” he said. 
 
“I anticipate it will not be long before this record is broken once again as new projects come online and capacity continues to increase.”
 
He said wind energy has, in the past, often been subject to criticism with opponents citing its reliance on the weather and resulting intermittent supply as key detractions from its credibility as an energy source.  
 
Darren added: “This recent power share record follows hot on the heels of Germany’s opening of what it claims is Europe’s first and largest commercial battery storage facility. 
 
“The fully automated 5MW plant houses 25,000 lithium-manganese oxide cells and can store and discharge power in milliseconds. It aims to stabilise fluctuations in grid frequency, helping safely integrate renewable energy into the existing grid – most notably that generated by wind and solar projects.
 
The emergence of commercial battery storage facilities and the capability to interlink these with renewable energy projects is hugely exciting and looks set to revolutionise the power supply industry.
 
Battery prices are now falling rapidly and we expect the recent development in Germany to demonstrate that short-term battery storage can be a commercially attractive investment.  
 
The trans-European nature of the power market means it is only a matter of time before such facilities are seen in the UK.”     
 
 
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