UK Electricity System: The future ain't what it used to be
Part of the Saturday Morning Sceince 2018 series
Professor Simon Hogg, Ørsted Professor in Renewable Energy, Head of the Department of Engineering and former Director of Durham Energy Institute.
Electric power generation is changing globally driven by carbon reduction targets to safe-guard the environment and the need for security of supply at affordable prices. For the UK this has led to the retirement of most of our coal-fired power plants and the exponential growth in wind power seen in recent years. This lecture will provide an overview of the conventional and renewable generating technologies that are currently contributing to supplying the UK National Grid, how this mix is expected to change over the next decade and the challenges that need to be overcome in order to deliver this.