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Low Carbon Technologies Potential Examined by UK Government

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UK Parliament at duskA recent analysis has been published by the UK government examining the potential of low carbon technologies which could bring economic benefits to the country.

The Technology Innovation Needs Assessments (TINAs) look at marine energy, electricity networks and storage and carbon capture and storage (CCS) and will be informing the government’s investment in these sectors.

CCS could reduce costs in the country’s energy system by £10-45 billion between now and 2050 with a potential to contribute another  £3-16 billion in economic value to the UK in the same period.

A more modest £4-19 billion could be saved in electricity networks and storage by 2050, but this could play an important role in the uptake of the renewable energy generation, renewable heat and electric vehicles.

The UK has a significant natural resource in marine energy, generation costs will need to come down to £100/MWh by 2025 to be competitive with other technologies.

The TINA says this is “ambitious but possible with significant innovation” and, if successful, could save some £3-8 billion in energy costs and deliver £1-4 billion to GDP.

“This new analysis will help us better understand the value of these technologies to our growing green economy as well as the barriers to commercialisation, helping us put our available investment in the right place to spur on further innovation,” commented Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker.

Andrew Haslett, director of strategy at the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), which contributed to the analyses, adds:
“Tackling the challenge of affordability, sustainability and security relies on taking a pragmatic approach to energy technologies. We must focus on what is practical and that means finding solutions that work for both end users and investors.”

The analysis was undertaken by the Low Carbon Innovation Coordination Group (LCICG), which brings together expertise from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Carbon Trust, the ETI, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and other organisations.

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