BEIS renewables statistics show bigger slice of UK energy mix in Q2

BEIS renewables statistics show bigger slice of UK energy mix in Q2

Output from renewable electricity sources increased as a share of the UK’s electricity output in the second quarter of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019, according to BEIS figures.

Primary electricity output in the second quarter of 2020 was 1.9% lower than in the second quarter of 2019, while output from renewables rose 9% compared with the second quarter of 2019, partly due to increased capacity.

During the second quarter total primary energy consumption for energy uses fell by 24%, though when adjusted to take account of weather differences between the second quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2020, primary energy consumption fell by 19%.

BEIS said the record low quarterly level of consumption was a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown which took effect from 23 March 2020, resulting in a significant fall in demand for the main transport fuels.

Renewable electricity capacity was 48.5GW at the end of the second quarter of 2020, a 5.4% increase (2.4GW) on a year earlier, with just under 80% of the increase coming from offshore wind, BEIS said.

Solar generation hit record levels in the second quarter and in the month of May 2020, due to increased capacity and more sun hours than in 2019, BEIS highlighted.

Renewables’ share of electricity generation was a 44.6% in the second quarter of 2020.

Nuclear electricity output was 9.2% lower, and at the lowest quarterly level since the third quarter of 2010, as maintenance outages continued at Dungeness B, Hinkley Point B, Hunterson B and Sizewell B.

In the second quarter of 2020 production of coal and other solid fuels was 29 per cent lower than the corresponding period of 2019 and at a record low level, due to reduced demand from electricity generators.

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Investors shell out €19bn on new wind farm investments in Europe

Investors shell out €19bn on new wind farm investments in Europe

Europe saw €19bn of new wind farm investments confirmed in 2019, according to new data. A further €33bn was invested in the refinancing of  new wind farms, the acquisitions of wind farm projects and other transactions, said WindEurope’s annual ‘Financing and Investment Trends’ report.

The findings showed a strong appetite for onshore wind. Of the European total, €13 bn was invested in onshore wind farms across 10 GW of new projects.

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “Governments and investors continue to have strong appetite for onshore wind because in most of Europe it is the cheapest form of new power generation capacity.”

Dickson added: “The latest auctions in Poland, Denmark, Greece, France, Italy and Lithuania all testify to the strong support for onshore wind and competitive prices. We expect onshore wind to be 80% of all wind capacity additions over the next five years.”

Spain financed the most wind energy projects in 2019 both in terms of capacity financed and amount invested, €2.8 bn.

The next highest investors in onshore wind among EU member states were Sweden and Poland.

Dickson said: “Investors understand that wind energy is a good bet to deliver on the European Green Deal. Wind is 15% of Europe’s electricity today. The EU Commission expects it to be 50% by 2050.

“And 2019 could have been a record year for wind investments in Europe, had it not been for a sharp fall in new investments in Germany. The rules are too complex in Germany and it’s unclear where they’re heading – the government must clarify things to get investors back.”

According to the report, there is an increased trend towards corporates sourcing renewable energy.

“Never before have more renewable Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) been signed than last year. Across all renewable energy sources, corporates contracted more than 2.5GW in 2019 alone, with wind contributing around 1.7GW,” it said.

The report also takes a closer look at the diverse investors involved in wind energy financing. Banks played an increasing role in 2019, extending over €20bn of non-resource debt, the data showed.

The importance of non-resource debt also continues to grow. It now accounts for 49% of all investment in new onshore wind projects and 77% of all investment in new offshore wind farms.

The Sustainable Europe Investment Plan, the investment pillar of the European Green Deal, aims to mobilise at least €1tn in additional private and public capital for renewable energy projects in the next decade.

“However, the short-term perspective is overshadowed by the effects of COVID-19. The pandemic is likely to reduce market liquidity in debt and equity market,” the report noted.

Dickson said: “We have yet to see the scale of COVID-19’s impact on wind energy investments. But our message to investors and policymakers is clear: renewable energies and the European Green Deal are the motor for Europe’s recovery. They create growth. They secure jobs. They’re key to our technological leadership towards a climate neutral economy.”

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Worldwide Concentrated Solar Power Industry to 2027

Worldwide Concentrated Solar Power Industry to 2027

The Global Concentrated Solar Power market accounted for $5.57 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach $14.84 billion by 2027 growing at a CAGR of 11.5% during the forecast period.

Some of the key factors influencing market growth include growing environmental concerns over carbon emissions and efforts to reduce air pollution, increase in government support for the adoption of renewable technologies, rise in energy demand & capability to supply power without CO2 emission. However, the higher cost of generation compared to other renewable technologies is restricting market growth.

Concentrated solar power energy is the generation of electricity via mirrors to concentrate the sunrays to the temperature varying between 400 and 1,000 C. This energy is then usually employed in various applications such as heating fluid, mainly water or oil, which in turn produces steam or hot air. The steam produced is used to drive turbines connected to a generator to generate electricity. There are different types of mirror shapes and sun-tracking methods to provide useful energy, but all of them work under the same principle of driving a heat engine to generate electricity that can then be fed into the grid. Thus, concentrated solar power energy is a carbon-free source of electricity and is best suited to regions with strong radiation such as Southern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East, South Africa, parts of India, China, Southern U.S., and Australia.

Amongst technology, the parabolic trough segment led the overall concentrating solar power market during the forecast period. A parabolic trough is one of the oldest technologies used to generate electricity from concentrated solar power. All parabolic trough plants used presently are “hybrids,” and they utilize fossil fuel to supplement the solar output during low solar radiation periods. These systems are applicable in all types of end-user industries such as utilities, Enhanced oil recovery, and other end-users such as mining and desalination among others. Parabolic trough technology is the most commercialized and mature technology in the CSP technology arena.

By Geography, The Asia-Pacific concentrated solar power market offers lucrative opportunities for key manufacturers, owing to rapid installation capacity of solar energy to increase renewable generation. Besides, China is actively boosting the growth of the market to cope up with its severe pollution problems and develop its domestic manufacturing industry. Furthermore, the availability of low labour has led to an increase in energy production through concentrated solar power, which fuels the growth of the market in the region.

Some of the key players in global concentrated solar power market are Shams Power, ACWA Power, Frenell GmbH, Archimede Solar Energy, Abengoa Solar, S.A., Baysolar CSP, Esolar, Inc., TSK Flagsol Engineering GmbH, Torresol Energy, Brightsource Energy, Inc., Cobra Energia, General Electric, Siemens AG, Soltigua, GlassPoint Solar, Solarreserve, LLC, Nexans, Aalborg CSP A/S., Chiyoda Corporation, and Novatec Solar.

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Wind power capacity is expected to grow on average by 77GW a year from 2020

Wind power capacity is expected to grow on average by 77GW a year from 2020

Wind power capacity is expected to add 77 GW every year this decade

Wind power capacity is expected to grow on average by 77 GW a year from 2020 to 2029, representing a growth of 112%, according to new data from Wood Mackenzie. The ‘Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update: Q1 2020’, found 62 GW of wind capacity was added globally in 2019, a 23% increase from 2018 and the second-highest annual total after 2015, when the figure was 63 GW.

Wood Mackenzie research director Luke Lewandowski said: “A policy-induced build frenzy in China and the US largely drove an 11.5 GW uptick in 2019 global net capacity additions when compared with 2018. Significant contributions also came from Argentina, +676 MW year-on-year (YoY), Mexico, +883 MW YoY, Sweden, +720 MW YoY and Spain, +1.9 GW YoY.”

However, Wood Mackenzie said while the story for 2019 was a positive one, 2020 will not be so lucky.The coronavirus is likely to impact the 150 GW “bulge” in global wind capacity additions expected from 2020 to 2021, according to Wood Mackenzie’s report. Lewandowski added: “Impact from the coronavirus is expected to exacerbate an already pressure-filled 27.5 GW two-year build cycle in the US.
“As the production tax credit (PTC) fades, US offshore annual capacity additions will depend increasingly on state leadership. We expect this to yield 23.3 GW over the 10-year outlook period.

“Annual additions in Latin America will average more than 4 GW. Development of the free market in Brazil, the execution of inaugural auction awards in Colombia, the opportunity presented by coal retirements in Chile and an increasing demand from the commercial and industrial segment in Mexico will all contribute to a compound annual growth rate of 9% in the region from 2020 to 2029.”

Compliance with the EU’s energy and climate targets for 2030 will drive the addition of 225 GW within Europe across the outlook period, according to Wood Mackenzie.“Land constraints in mature countries will push a quarter of Europe’s growth offshore, where the sector will comprise 32% of additions in Western Europe and 43% of additions in Northern Europe from 2020 to 2029,” said Lewandowski.

Steady annual growth in the Middle East and Africa will result in a 10-year CAGR of 23%. Nearly 60% of the 48GW forecast for the sub-region is concentrated in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

Supply chain constraints and delays caused by the coronavirus will curtail near-term growth potential in China, yet developers will still manage to connect 26GW of wind power to the grid in 2020, the report found.

Across the 10-year outlook, Wood Mackenzie expects 250 GW of wind power capacity to be brought online in China. Growth in the offshore sector and wind repowering opportunities will bolster onshore development.

The rest of Asia will add 107 GW between 2020 and 2029. “Additions in India will account for 51% of new capacity, as the country works to comply with aggressive targets.

“Offshore demand in the rest of the sub-region will add 18 GW – or approximately 35% of new capacity – over the outlook period,” added Lewandowski.

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Renewable electricity capacity continues for UK Wind and Solar ‘hit Q1 high’

Renewable electricity capacity continues for UK Wind and Solar ‘hit Q1 high’

Wind and solar output in the UK achieved a record share of nearly 24% of electricity generation in the first quarter of 2019.

In the figures, released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), total renewable generation increased by 9.2% on the same quarter last year to 31.1 terawatt hours (TWh).

As a result, renewables’ share of electricity generation was a near record 35.8% in the first quarter (Q1) of this year, up 5.3% on the share in the same quarter of last year, and reflective of increased capacity.

According to the department’s figures the UK’s renewable electricity capacity reached 45GW at the end of March, a 7.9% increase on a year earlier, mostly due to increased capacity for onshore and offshore wind and plant biomass.

In Q1 2019 onshore wind generation increased by 4.8% to 9.8TWh, whilst offshore wind increased by 7.3% to 8.6TWh.

As a result, total wind generation increased by 6% to 18.4TWh, just short of the record which had been set in in the last quarter of 2018.

Solar generation increased by 19%, from 1.8TWh in 2018 Q1 to 2.1TWh in 2019 Q1.

In Scotland renewable electricity generation reached record levels in Q1 2019, according to the figures from BEIS, reaching 8877 gigawatt hours (GWh), an increase of 17% on Q1 2018.

The latest statistics also show that the growth of Scotland’s renewable electricity capacity continues, rising from 10.4GW in March 2018 to 11.3GW in March 2019.

The Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “These figures show Scotland’s renewable energy sector continues to go from strength to strength.

“Last year, we were able to meet the equivalent of almost 74% of our electricity demand from renewable sources, and the first quarter in 2019 shows that positive trend continues.

“We are seeing the growing importance of offshore wind, with capacity and generation both continuing to rise – with further projects under construction.”

He said that despite “damaging policy changes” from the UK Government, particularly the removal of an effective route to market for onshore wind, the Scottish Government continues to provide strong support for Scotland’s renewable energy sector.

“Generation and infrastructure investment continues, not least because of the importance in preventing the damaging impacts of climate change,” Wheelhouse added.

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There has been a large uptake in the number of solar parks being granted planning consent in the UK, and Powersystems has been involved with many of these providing grid connection schemes at 11kV & 33kV. Each scheme is designed by our team of engineers and covers the requirements of the DNO substation, site wide earthing and cabling to the point of connection. The whole process is managed, from initial connection application to final energisation and adoption.

 

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