A Solution to the Energy Issue in the UK?
With the failed nuclear power station projects at Wylfa Newydd, Wales, and Moorside, England, the future of renewable energy in the UK is as important as it has ever previously been. The UK’s existing nuclear energy project has 15 generators that produce approximately 20% of its power (World-Nuclear), with almost half of them being retired by 2025. This leaves a massive deficit in energy production levels that may require the UK to ‘buy in’ energy from Europe or other sources. Enter wind power.
Wind power is quickly becoming a serious answer to the UK’s energy crisis. Germany and the UK are currently investing and installing the most wind farms worldwide. In 2018, it was found that the two nations produced 85% of wind power generation in the entirety of the EU (Guardian). In particular, just off the east coast of England, the biggest offshore wind farm in the world is being constructed. Named ‘Hornsea One,’ it will cover approximately 400 sq km, making it five times larger than Hull - its nearest city. It will produce roughly 1.2GW of energy, enough energy to power roughly one million houses. It is being installed by Ørsted, a Danish business that maintain a vision that “the world will be run entirely in green energy in the future” (Henrik Poulsen, CEO). Ørsted are global leaders in offshore wind, holding 25% of market share, supplying power to over 9.5 million people worldwide. In an exciting development for the future of UK renewable energy, Poulsen suggested that “the UK has a great wind resource and a shallow enough seabed to exploit it.” He added that it “could power most of Europe” should the UK decide to go “extreme” with it.
However, as with every power source available on the market at present, there are drawbacks to the technology. It is well documented that wind farms are generally considered to be an eyesore. Couple this with issues surrounding noise pollution, and you have an argument against the creation of them. Wind turbines can not be erected within 300 metres of residential areas, and at that distance, the noise emitted is 40 decibels, the equivalent of the humming from a refrigerator. Furthermore, it is widely argued that wind turbines have a negative effect on wildlife, with a significant number of birds being killed annually by the turbines. However, this claim may well be unjustifiable, with the Centre for Sustainable Energy estimating that for every bird killed by a turbine, 5820 are killed by flying into other man made structures.
The answer to the UK’s renewable energy crisis is likely to be long and complicated - but wind power is likely to be a big player in resolving the issue. The manufacturing and installation costs of wind farms are currently falling, as it now takes just 3-6 months for new wind turbines to generate as much energy as it did to create it, and the green energy produced by wind turbines is becoming cheaper to purchase than the traditional fossil fuel energy. Wind farms are therefore helping to plug the gap created by the lack of new nuclear power plants being created and maintained.
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