Saturday , July 20 2019

UK needs energy storage to cope with climate goal


Meeting Britain’s 2050 climate goals will require the nation to wean itself off using natural gas for heating, but the nation’s electricity system probably won’t cope unless thermal storage technology improves.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the heating sector is “one of the toughest challenges the country faces in its low-carbon transition,” according to a report published by the UK Energy Research Centre, a body that advises the public and private sector on sustainable energy.
The UK is heavily dependent on gas with the fuel meeting about two thirds of domestic energy demand.
When the weather’s cold, the gas system handles a morning surge in demand by drawing on fuel stored in pipelines overnight.

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