In a white paper ‘Net-zero GB electricity: cost-optimal generation and storage mix’, published in June, a team from Imperial College London projects a need for 108 GW of offshore wind by 2035, to achieve net-zero carbon electricity. That’s two and a half times the UK government’s target for 2030. The report says that this finding ‘is robust to changes in the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) of offshore wind of ±£5/MWh on the Central case of £35/MWh’. As an alternative, the Imperial team looked at the option of building 10 GW more nuclear power and 18.5 GW more solar generation than is optimal in their Central case. That, it said, would ‘reduce the required build of offshore wind for 2035 by 24 GW, but increases the total cost of the system by about 3.3%.’ That’s a slightly odd way to look at it, but the Imperial College team seem convinced that offshore wind is the way ahead since everything else will be more expensive.
Renew Extra Weekly 7th Aug 2021 read more »
£1 million is being spent on refurbishing Barrow’s windfarm operation hub – signifying a ‘long-term commitment’ to the area. Bosses at Ørsted have revealed that the sum is being spent on major improvements to its windfarm’s land base in Ramsey Way after a proposal to re-develop the building was submitted.
In Cumbria 7th Aug 2021 read more »
Green energy power giant Ørsted has welcomed the arrival of its latest service vessel to Grimsby. Wind of Hope is the latest in the fleet which will accommodate technicians who supply and maintain Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. The vessel has cabins for 30 crew and 60 technicians servicing turbines and is fitted with the latest motion-compensate technology which enables technicians to “walk to work” along an electronically-controlled gangway.
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