‘UK needs 120GW of new low carbon capacity to go net zero by 2050’

16/10/2019 10:50 CO2


The UK’s legally-binding target to reach net zero emissions by 2050 will require more than 120GW of new low carbon capacity.

That’s according to Aurora Energy Research, which predicts wind and solar capacity will need to increase by more than 100GW, soaring from 33GW in 2019 to more than 140GW in 2050.


It notes around 20GW of new nuclear will also be required, as well as 3GW of carbon capture and storage (CCS) installations.


The research says the intermittency of wind and solar means short-duration storage technologies such as batteries and pumped hydropower will be needed to balance the grid – it expects up to 30GW of short-duration storage will be required.


It notes 185TWh of ‘excess’ power being generated each year could be used to produce green hydrogen for use in decarbonising the heat, transport or industrial sectors.

Source: energylivenews.com

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