Decarbonising the UK Energy System: Accelerated Development of Low Carbon Energy Supply Technologies

02 Mar 2009
UKERC Energy 2050

This is the second in a series of reports arising from UKERC’s Energy 2050 project. The report considers the prospects for accelerated development of a range of emerging low carbon energy supply technologies – and the possible impact of this acceleration on decarbonisation of the UK energy system. The technologies analysed here include a number of renewables (wind power, marine energy, solar PV and bioenergy) and other emerging low carbon technologies (advanced designs of nuclear power, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen / fuel cells).

The report presents a set of scenarios devised by UKERC to illustrate how accelerated development of these technologies could contribute to decarbonisation of the UK energy system from now to 2050. The results suggest that technology acceleration could have a major influence on UK decarbonisation pathways, especially in the longer term.