ETI projects for carbon reduction The Energy Technologies Institute, the organis ...

ETI projects for carbon reduction The Energy Technologies Institute, the organisation tasked with developing the technologies and engineering approaches that will help the UK meet its 2050 carbon reduction targets, has published a review of the projects it has funded in 2009. In total, the ETI has provided in excess of £53mn of funding for 15 projects in offshore wind, marine energy, transport, carbon capture and storage, energy storage and distribution and distributed energy. These include: an £11mn Plug-in Vehicle Economics and Infrastructure project, including the world’s most extensive evaluation of consumer’s attitudes to plugin vehicles; an £8mn project to estimate the energy yield of major wave and tidal stream arrays; a £5.1mn project to detect causes of faults and component failures in offshore wind turbines; and a £3.8mn project looking at developing the UK’s first national database of geological storage capacity for carbon dioxide. The ETI also developed its unique Energy System Model to help identify those technologies capable of having the greatest impact through to 2050 under a range of different demand scenarios. The model will highlight the associated costs and risks of meeting those energy targets. A further £70mn of contracts are in development for launch in the first part of this year. The ETI brings together the capabilities of global industrial groups - BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls Royce and Shell - with the UK Government in a unique approach. Over 10 years the ETI aims to invest up to £1bn in engineering, technology and science in support of the UK’s low-carbon economy drive to identify and deliver projects that will help the UK to cut carbon dioxide emissions, deliver affordable energy to consumers and increase the security of energy supplies. Under the Climate Change Act, Britain is obliged to cut its emissions by 80% from its 1990 levels by 2050.

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