£160m boost for UK wind power: Page 2 of 3

October 07, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
£160m boost for UK wind power
The UK government is investing £160m (€175m) in boosting offshore wind turbine production, driving hydrogen energy storage systems
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“Offshore wind is the most cost effective way to achieve the UK’s net zero ambitions and delivering 40 GW of offshore wind by 2030 is an essential part of this roadmap. This is a challenging target but achievable if Government and the industry continue to work together to accelerate deployment and build out the UK project pipeline as quickly as possible, regenerating coastal communities while expediting our progress to a more sustainable, low-carbon future,” he said.

“Green technologies hold huge potential to enhance the skills, know-how, and production capabilities across the UK, while also supporting our collective progress towards net zero emissions with high-quality products and technologies developed here in the UK,” said Mike Hughes, Zone President, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland.

“At ACT Blade, we strive to support wind energy development by contributing to lower its cost,” said Sabrina Malpede, managing director of ACT Blade in Edinburgh, Scotland. “We hope the Build Back Greener plan includes support for innovative technologies and its commercialization, as well as promote policies for a real clean energy transition.”

The company tested its first lightweight composite wind turbine blade earlier this year.

However industrial software expert, COPA-DATA has warned that the plans must not overlook critical investments in software.

“The UK’s energy grid was not designed to handle volatile renewable energy sources,” said Garry Forfar, energy industry expert at COPA-DATA UK. “Investing £160 million into wind power could yield incredible results, but only if the software controlling the equipment is robust. As the country erects new turbines and builds physical infrastructure, the Government must pay equally close attention to the technology required to control and monitor the grid.

“Unlike fossil fuels, renewable energy sources do not generate energy at a predictable level, so they can create challenges for balancing supply and demand,” he said. “For instance, periods of low renewable generation can result in exploitative price increases, while unexpected power surges can result in blackouts if excess energy is not stored appropriately. To


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