The UK’s electricity grid is increasingly vulnerable to weird weather events as its reliance on low-carbon wind and solar power grows, scientists have warned. During the first quarter of the year the UK experienced its longest spell of low wind output in a decade, causing the output from wind turbines to shrink dramatically for 11 days straight. On 3 March the UK produced just 0.6GW of wind power, compared to the 18.1GW of output delivered later that month, according to experts at Imperial College London.
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Prolonged periods of low wind and solar power could trigger blackouts as Britain races to ditch fossil fuels, experts have warned. The country can expect to suffer a slump in wind known as a dunkelflaute – or “dark wind lull” – every 20 years and the system needs to be able to cope, academics from Imperial College London have warned. Wind farm output fell to 0.6GW on March 3 amid the longest spell of low wind in more than a decade, they said. The academics urge greater investment in technologies that can help bridge gaps in power supply when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining. Their report was commissioned by the hydro-power and biomass power station owner Drax. Dr Iain Staffell, of Imperial College London, said: “It’s time for Britain to get serious about the threat of extreme weather events to our electricity system.
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Britain’s ever-changing weather could put its net-zero climate target at risk and threaten the power grid’s security unless policymakers take action, a report has warned. The UK experienced its longest spell of low wind output in more than a decade in March, the report by Imperial College London, for Drax, the energy group,
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