The Current: Top renewable news Autumn 2017

It’s been a remarkable few months for renewable energy.

The release of the National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios report offers interesting insights into the future of the UK’s energy mix, while the development of the Gemini wind farm in the North Sea is helping to reduce emissions in the Netherlands. development of the world’s first floating wind farm could help to make Scotland a key player in the wind energy industry. Similarly, the UK continues to build on its status as a global leader in offshore wind, becoming the home of the world’s largest wind turbines.

Amidst all this, the UK set new records for peak renewable generation in the early months of the summer, and a Chinese renewable developer is pushing the envelope on new ways to engage young people with renewable energy.

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The technologies transforming the next decade of energy supply | Drax

The UK’s energy network has undergone significant changes, with renewable energy sources taking up a greater share of the generation mix. This is thanks to falling costs of development and installation of renewable sources.

This piece looks at some of the other technologies which may one day become viable technologies and common sources of energy, from bladeless wind turbines to the development of much more efficient batteries than are currently commercially available.

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Record-breaking summer for renewable power generation | Sky News

Renewable energy hit a new peak generation record on 7th June, and for the first time ever there was no coal providing baseload power. A combination of wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric – supplemented by gas and nuclear – helped the UK to the record.

Only a few weeks before, on the 26th May, solar provided enough energy to meet a quarter of demand. This has largely been thanks to falling prices of solar and the uptake of solar in domestic properties, with almost 1m houses across the UK fitted with solar panels.

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China just built a solar power array that looks like a panda | Vox

In a bid to get young people to learn about renewable energy, a Chinese company has taken a novel approach to getting children interested in and engaged.

The China Merchants New Energy Group has constructed a massive solar farm, but when viewed from above it becomes clear that the installation is in the shape of a panda.

The 100 MW installation is expected to save almost 3m tonnes of emissions from fossil fuels over its 25-year lifetime. This is yet another example of the progressive approach being taken in China to reduce emissions and increase renewable energy generation.

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North Sea Wind Power Hub: a giant wind farm to power all of North Europe | Ars Technica

A proposal has been put forward to develop a new wind farm in the North Sea – one which would be capable of providing energy to almost 80million Europeans.

The North Sea Wind Power Hub would involve building an artificial island in the North Sea which would act as an interconnector hub between the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and other countries bordering the North Sea.

The development aims to solve near-shore and onshore intermittency issues associated with wind energy by moving offshore where wind speeds are higher and more consistent, while also serving as a building block in an international grid network.

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The people-powered renewables revolution | Drax

Drawing on data from the National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios report, this article examines the rise of the electricity prosumer, the consumer who generates electricity through renewable energy technologies.

The rapid uptake of solar panels by domestic energy users has led to an electric grid which is slowly but surely turning green. This is thanks to the shift from electricity consumption to electricity generation, turning consumers into prosumers: people who are actively involved in both electricity generation and use.

This piece looks at how the shift towards prosumer-ism may develop, including improved battery technologies and government incentives. Read on for more information.

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