Nuclear power

UK focuses on nuclear power industry under energy security strategy

Seetao 2022-04-11 14:17
  • The strategy also includes plans to increase UK wind, solar and hydrogen power generation
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The UK government has released an energy security strategy aimed at increasing the country's energy independence after Russia's invasion of Ukraine led to higher electricity prices and turmoil in global markets. Under the strategy, up to eight nuclear reactors could be built at existing sites until one is approved annually until 2030.

The strategy also includes plans to increase production from UK wind and solar farms and hydrogen assets. Under the plan, by 2030, up to 95% of the country's electricity could come from sources with a low carbon footprint. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We are developing bold plans to expand and accelerate UK-made affordable, clean and safe energy – from new nuclear to offshore wind – over the next decade.” This will reduce Our dependence on energy, which is subject to international price fluctuations beyond our control, so we can enjoy greater energy self-sufficiency with cheaper bills. "

This strategy of consumers has been affected by a 54% increase in the price cap on consumers' energy bills due to the increase in wholesale gas prices due to the Russia-Ukraine crisis. A new agency called Great British Nuclear will be created to increase the UK's nuclear power generation capacity. The government expects the country's nuclear power capacity to increase from 8GW in 2020 to around 24GW in 2050, accounting for about 25% of estimated electricity demand. Keywords: engineering construction, engineering news

Its offshore wind target has been raised to 50GW from the current 11GW. Of this 50GW, the government expects 5GW to come from floating offshore wind in the deeper seas. The UK’s installed solar capacity is also expected to increase fivefold from the current 14GW to 70GW by 2035. In addition, the country is expected to generate up to 10GW of hydrogen power generation by 2030.Editor/XingWentao