The UK has gone 6 days without burning any coal for the generation of electricity for the first time since the industrial revolution. A week of no coal consumption is just a few hours away for the UK now. The UK has already gone more than 1,000 hours in total without needing coal in 2019, and this year is on course to break all previous records.
The world’s first coal-fired power station for public use was opened in London in 1882. Almost two years ago, the UK completed its first full day without any coal consumption. And, earlier this year a record of 90 hours of no coal consumption was set.
“We believe that by 2025 we will be able to fully operate Great Britain’s electricity system with zero carbon.”National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) director Fintan Slye said.
But no matter how promising this seems for the UK to step away from non-renewable sources, they still have a long way to go. Considering their contribution to net greenhouse emissions which is a result of massive imports, it might take double the current efforts to reach its no coal target by 2025.
But it is still a positive remark as their net coal contribution to UK grid has gone down from over 40% to under 10% in a decade.
A group of tech enthusiasts who are tracking latest developments in CleanTech with special focus on Energy Storage and Electric Mobility