Power Generation News – Late March 2021

The world’s first full-scale floating wind farm off Peterhead has been recorded as having the UK’s best results for capturing potential output offshore for the third year.

Five giant wind turbines make up the Hywind Scotland development, about 15 miles (25km) off Aberdeenshire.

It reached an average of 57.1% of its potential output over the past year.


A blueprint to cut industrial carbon emissions by two-thirds within 15 years has been announced by the government.

It wants firms to waste less energy, develop low-carbon technologies and invest in equipment that can store carbon emissions in rocks underground.  It’s offering £1bn to help industrial buildings, schools and hospitals get better insulation and conserve energy.

There’s no new cash, and opposition parties said the policy lacked urgency and ambition compared to other nations.  But the clarity of the strategy has been welcomed by industry groups. They say it will help to guide investment choices.

The CBI said it was a vital step in the UK’s commitment to cutting out almost all carbon emissions by 2050.


The University of Sheffield AMRC and Nuclear AMRC are supporting a major new project to decarbonise the industrial cluster around the Humber, and help UK manufacturers win work in emerging low-carbon sectors including hydrogen fuels and carbon capture.

The Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) Partnership, which has now secured government funding, aims to accelerate decarbonisation in the UK’s most carbon-intensive industrial region, helping to support clean growth, future-proof vital industries, and protect and create new jobs.

The partnership comprises 12 companies and organisations operating in the Yorkshire and Humber region, including Associated British Ports, British Steel, Centrica Storage, Drax Group, Equinor, Mitsubishi Power, National Grid Ventures, px Group, SSE Thermal, Saltend Cogeneration Company, Uniper, and the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).


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