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Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and storage can help decarbonize the UK

The environment is a sector that the planet under different administrations is trying to protect and preserve what we have lost. Currently, the UK is one of the leading countries when it comes to decarbonization. The recent report indicates that Bioenergy, in conjunction with energy storage, can play a significant role in decarbonizing the UK.

Boris Johnson, the prime minister, announced an ambitious target to reduce carbon emissions by 68% by the end of this decade. He placed great importance on renewable energy and the role they must play in the decarbonization process in his speech. However, it is no secret that weather-dependent renewables can make achieving consistent power hard and almost impossible. If, for instance, wind and solar energy fail, then the country will suffer.

Regarding renewable energy, the managing director for renewables Cressall, Simone Bucker, explores how biomass can play a significant role in the electricity supply. The Committee of Climate Change’s budget report indicates that for the net-zero emission target, the UK must eliminate fossil-fuel power by 2035 and increase the use of renewable energy sources by 80% in the next three decades. This shift in the electrification sector will also show a rise in the electricity demand in the automotive industry. It estimates an electricity demand from 300 terawatt-hours to 610 by 2050, which is more than double the current power demand.

Meeting this demand solely from renewables is not certain since some renewable sources such as wind are weather-dependent. The amount of power from renewables varies since natural sources such as wind depend on a biological, uncontrolled basis. Hence, the need for an energy source that doesn’t rely on natural sources comes in handy, especially in high-demand times.

In line with the net-zero emission target, the alternative energy source must be carbon-neutral or low levels of carbon. The CCC estimates that this source will take up the role of generating 50 TWh. However, which source meets all the necessary conditions.

Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage is a two-step process with neutral carbon. The first step involves burning up the biomass, including plant and animal matter which can source power. It generates electricity similarly to fossil fuels. However, there is a difference between fossil fuels and Bioenergy since biomass combustion has carbon-neutral. After the release of the carbon, there is the capture using carbon capture and storage tech.

With carbon-neutral biomass and the CCS tech, you will get carbon-free power. It is the best server, especially when the demand is high and during a weather crisis. The set-up and installation process is easy; hence it is an affordable option that delivers clean energy, steering the UK to achieve the net-zero emission target.

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