Don’t Forget The Biomass, Saiful!
By Paul Homewood
h/t Dave Ward
Every year, the BBC run the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.
Each series is themed around a scientific topic, and is aimed at youngsters. (Not that I have not found them very watchable at times!)
This year, the subject is batteries, and it has been presented by a Professor of Chemistry, Saiful Islam.
In yesterday’s final programme, he highlighted just how much our society relies on energy storage.
However, he could not resist getting onto the topic of renewable energy, with the consequent need for energy storage when the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine.
At about 40 mins in, he states, (my bold):
One important area is the huge growth in renewable energy, such as wind and solar.
Last year, the UK generated a quarter of electricity from renewables, solar, wind and wave power.
Doubtlessly he was fed this figure and did not bother to check it.
But the reality is that you only get to a quarter by including 9% for biomass and 2% for hydro.
The youngsters watching the lecture might have been somewhat less impressed if they had been told that more than a third of his “renewable electricity” actually came from burning trees!