There are some very promising trends emerging for the renewables sector that bode well for the months ahead for renewable energy Essex and beyond.
The UK have re-joined the top 10 countries for investment in renewables as British wind farms overtook nuclear for the first time in May. Wind farms have enjoyed a record-breaking there months, producing more electricity than nuclear over the quarter, according to a report by Drax Electric Insights.
Wind farms could become a greater energy source as global warming creates blowier conditions across Britain. If global temperature reach 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the UK and large parts of northern Europe are likely to be more windswept, too. As a result, there could be a 10% increase in on-shore UK wind energy generation, with turbines operating at peak capacity almost all year round.
The additional wind output would produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 700,000 extra homes per year.
A British Antarctic Survey saw scientists combine data from 282 onshore wind turbines collected over 11 years with information from climate simulations. The results suggested that large areas of Germany, Poland and Lithuania could become more viable for wind power in the future. But the biggest wind increases were seen in the UK, along with marked seasonal shifts in wind.
How do wind turbines work?
Wind turbines operate on a simple principle; the energy in the wind turns two or three propeller-like blades around a rotor. The rotor is connected to the main shaft, which spins a generator to create electricity.
There are different types and sizes of wind turbines, with larger ones used for wind farms and smaller ones for homes, telecommunications dishes or water pumping.
How will Essex benefit from wind power?
Wind power can be a great asset for homes in Essex, as it’s more stable than solar power, and a good-sized wind turbine can easily generate most or all of a homes electricity needs. Depending on the area, wind might be a better renewable investment than solar.