12 May 2009 03:05:07
Britain falling behind on wind energy
The UK is behind other European countries in terms of its ability to generate electricity from renewable energy sources, it has been warned.
According to the British Wind Energy Association, the government must invest more in green sources of energy if it wishes to keep up with the environmental leaders in Europe.
Matthew Scully, a spokesperson for the organisation, highlighted Germany as an example of a country that is more capable than the UK of generating electricity from renewable sources.
He also pointed to Portugal, which is using wind and tidal hubs similar to those which the UK has deployed in the North Sea.
However, the clean energy expert added: "They are already generating 70 percent of their national electricity through renewable means."
Mr Scully's comments were made following the news that the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has teamed up with energy company E.ON to give £6.9 million of funding to four UK universities for research into carbon capture and storage.
"I think universities could be the research hub for a lot of industry work," he said. "Industries can sponsor certain courses and research at universities."
The government has estimated that five percent of the UK's electricity supply came from renewable sources in 2007. Previously, it has expressed its commitment to increasing that number to ten percent by 2010.http://www.berr.gov.uk/energy/sources/renewables/index.ht...