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02 April 2024 Type: Blog

The Imperative of Diversifying the UK's National Grid Electricity Production

In the midst of pressing global challenges including climate change and diminishing energy security, the need for diversification in the UK's national grid electricity production has never been more urgent. Diversified energy is generated close to where it will be used, rather than at an industrial plant and sent through the national grid, and can increase security of supply, reduce transmission losses and lower carbon emissions.

Increased grid resilience 

Diversifying sources of electricity production increases the resilience of the national grid. Dependence on a single energy source can leave the system vulnerable to disruptions caused by extreme weather events, geopolitical tensions, or technical failures. By integrating a mix of renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydroelectric and biomass with traditional sources like natural gas and nuclear energy, the UK can better withstand such challenges.

Enhancing Energy Security 

Diversifying the national grid also enhances energy security, reducing reliance on imported fuels and minimising exposure to price volatility in global energy markets. By harnessing local renewable resources and investing in energy storage infrastructure, the UK can bolster its energy independence and safeguard against supply disruptions.

Mitigating Environmental Impact

Transitioning to a diversified energy mix is also essential for mitigating the environmental impact of electricity production. While fossil fuels remain a significant contributor to the UK's energy supply, their extraction and combustion release harmful greenhouse gases, exacerbating climate change. Embracing renewable energy sources reduces anthropogenic carbon emissions, improves air quality, and fosters a cleaner, healthier environment for current and future generations.

Meeting Climate Targets

The UK government has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Achieving this climate target necessitates a significant shift towards renewable energy sources. Diversification facilitates this transition by providing flexibility, enabling the nation to meet its climate commitments while maintaining a reliable energy supply for homes, businesses, and industries.

Onunda’s technology 

Diversifying the UK's national grid electricity production is imperative for securing a sustainable and resilient future. Onunda’s technology contributes to the diversification of the UK’s national grid energy, providing fossil fuel-free electricity generated from bioresources. This decentralised energy source is produced as a by-product of the biosolids and primary sludge treatment process. Onunda couples hydrothermal carbonisation with our proven biosolids drying and gasification technologies to produce a clean syngas, which can then be converted into electricity and exported to the grid.

Find out more about how Onunda’s technology works.