In 2020, it is expected that renewable energies will contribute a minimum of 30% towards electrical output in the UK . Having joined the ambitious 2009 EU directive for renewable energies, it is great to see the UK making positive gains in meeting (and hopefully exceeding) this target. This is a result of maturing technologies, reduced costs, improved public perception and high rates of private investment.
For the UK, as for much of the rest of the world, the step towards renewable and sustainable energy generation is a necessary one. Energy security is a critical issue for all countries who import fossil fuel. It is well known that fossil fuel resources are depleting whilst demand continues to increase. Continued reliance on fossil fuels leaves the UK exposed to price fluctuations and cross-border supply issues. Even the smallest change can have a critical impact on the economy.
The UK is taking the appropriate steps towards energy sustainability, whilst also creating opportunities to export clean energy to neighbouring countries. It is crucial that the country takes advantage of its geographical and climactic position. Since 2008, the UK has been a world leader in off-shore and inland wind farming and it is also beginning to exploit its vast wave and tidal resources with innovative prototype technologies. In the solar sector, the country is making major advances, with power output currently estimated at 4.7GW. This is expected to double in the next few years .
Munro Instruments vehemently supports advances in renewable energy and has made this sector a key priority for 2015. We will be unveiling new products to assist work in photovoltaics and small-to-medium scale wind power.
The new Munro Wind Turbine, launched last week, is ideal for small-scale power generation and can be easily integrated into any compatible system. It has a nominal power output of 350W at <10m/s and can produce 1400kWh or more of electrical power per annum depending on site selection.
Munro is also making inroads into the solar arena. We will be releasing a range of high precision solar monitoring systems designed by EKO Instruments, used, amongst other things, for site prospecting, performance monitoring and outdoor materials testing. Equipment will include spectroradiometers, pyranometers, pyrheliometers, as well as complete solar monitoring systems. These are due for release in February 2015.
by Paul Scott
 UK Renewable Energy Roadmap 2013
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