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UK offshore wind could produce in excess of the UK’s annual energy needs.
Will you help make low-cost, renewable energy available on demand?
The failure of successive climate-change conventions to reach binding agreements reflects the uncomfortable reality that if reducing CO2-heavy power means major economic sacrifices, democracy will postpone action until it may be too late.
The global warming threat from energy usage will end if zero-carbon renewable energy can be made available on demand and delivered more cheaply than fossil-fuelled power. Both onshore and offshore wind is intermittent. When wind power is required to provide more than 25% of our electricity, this becomes a serious problem. Onshore wind is close to being competitive with conventional generation, yet total available space is limited. Offshore wind is abundant - the UK has enough to power the country several times over - but current technology delivers expensive power.
Since 2005, the Engineering Faculty has been developing systems to harvest renewable energy in the form of compressed air, and storing that air as necessary. This opens up the possibility of a 100%-renewable-powered UK. Our mechanical engineers have invented Integral Compression Wind Turbines (ICWTs), which form the centrepiece of future compressed air systems and have the potential to deliver output energy at much lower cost than conventional machines.
Low-cost, renewable energy, available on demand will significantly reduce atmospheric CO2 levels, mitigating global warming and protecting our environment from climate change. Reducing the cost and improving the access to renewable energy will guarantee energy security to many countries around the world. Our work could see many countries sourcing much of their future power economically, when they need it, and in a carbon-free way. For the UK in particular, it provides the possibility to stimulate a new industry. Our work will directly improve the global environment and benefit society worldwide.
What will your Impact be?
The UK is committed to generating 15% of all of its energy from renewables by 2020. Our work will help achieve this, with significant cost savings to the UK economy. Your support is vital to provide a solution of global importance to remove energy-related CO2 from the atmosphere.]
The University of Nottingham is certainly unique in the breadth of his vision for offshore renewables and the scales that they must reach.
David Parkin, Head of Offshore Renewables, ATKINS.
It is good to see some serious high-calibre thinking like this being dedicated to the design of future offshore wind machines. The potential market in the UK alone will be many tens of billions of pounds and innovations of this nature could potentially have profound effects on both the costs and volumes of offshore wind generation in the UK and worldwide.
Andrew Haslett, Director Strategy Development, Energy Technologies Institute.
The University of Nottingham is putting forward concepts at a scale and degree of novelty that very few can begin to appreciate. I am convinced that the UK and the world need this type of vision to look beyond short-term horizons.
Professor Jeremy Watson, Director of Global Research, ARUP.