Just 5 years ago #Siemens Gamesa’s #Denmark biggest wind turbine generated 6MW. Now, SG has won an order for100 of their new 14MW giants, in a North Sea windfarm, east of Redcar #Tees side. Vast progress! Some stats: 262m tall, rotor 222m dia, blades:108m long! Staggering numbers, a huge tribute to SG’s design & manufacturing #engineers. And more good news; SG now has a working UK blade factory in #Hull.
Renewable energy has all but extinguished UK coal fired electricity generation, so it increases the environmental allure of electric cars. But there’s an infrastructure prize too if, post Covid, we use UK renewable/green energy (incl #solar #nuclear) to generate #hydrogen. As my ‘A’ level #stem #chemistry teacher told us, glorious H2 is the energy “silver bullet” burning cleanly to make heat&water. But making it from H2O, by electrolysis, requires energy. Clearly fossil fuel (coal, methane gas, oil) makes no carbon sense. But abundant renewables gives us options: a multitude of electrolysis plants dotted around the UK feeding from each wind/solar farm? They can be tapped into UK’s existing methane gas network & in gas cylinders trucked to our petrol/diesel stations for use in #fuelcells