Monday, February 19, 2007

Windpower milestone

The UK has become only the seventh nation in the world to have more than two gigawatts of operational wind power capacity. This milestone was passed when the Braes O'Doune wind farm, near Stirling, began producing electricity.
The government has set a target for 10% of electricity to be generated from renewable sources by 2010 and 20% by 2020 but surely we could do better than that given the amount of wind we get. No doubt someone will tell me that it is the wrong type of wind but when you realise that Germany has more than 20GW of wind energy capacity, 10 times as much as the UK you have to think we could do a lot more


MsDemmie said...

If Germany can do it so can we!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your experience

ecofx said...

I won't tell you that it's the wrong kind of wind, but will mention that the 2 GW in the UK and 20 GW in Germany are top capacities if wind is high, top speed if you like, so whatever wind you actually get doesn't change those figures.
At least the UK is finally a real player in renewable energy, even if it's seventh worldwide. We can do a lot more though, yes!

A reasonable average real generation for an onshore turbine is 25-30% of the theoretical maximum, by the way, but even a 1 MW turbine then produces, on average, enough electricity for the home use of 2500 energy conscious people, and we're only at the start of offshore activities, with large numbers of 3 or 5 MW turbines possible.

In the last PMQs (7th Feb) there was a question about the proposed super wind grid by Alan Whitehead, the answer confirming that there is talk on these issues at the highest level.