Energy sources: which are the most reliable for power?

Posted on October 04, 2018 by Andrew

You can’t deny that our consumption of energy is increasing, with estimates stating that between 2005 and 2030, this could rise by 50%. This is mainly down to the growing population and our increased demand for energy.   

An insight to fossil fuels

You won’t be surprised to hear that fossil fuels are one of the highest energy sources in Britain. Made up of natural gas and coal, it is a reliable form of energy that has supplied both domestic and commercial needs for many years.

The use of coal

Believe it or not, three significant coal power stations in 2017, which caused coal electricity generation to drop to 9.2% from 22.6%. Now at its lowest output in 80 years.

The use of natural gas

It’s well-known the natural gas is one of the most reliable power sources. The presence of gas fired power stations was up 45% between 2015 and 2016. This could be down to the collapse of coal generated energy.

Did you know that natural gas emits 45% less carbon dioxide than coal? This shows that the impact that it has on the environment is not as extreme as alternate forms of fuel.

However, it’s important to know that gas has a multi-use. It has its own purpose domestically for cooking, heating and drying as well as being able to generate electric power, power vehicles, produce plastics and many more useful purposes.

An insight to renewable energy

Although it is not as popular as fossil fuel, renewable energy is becoming a greater focus here in Britain. Many countries are investing in solar panels and wind farms to generate electricity in new ways. However, many believe that these are less reliable sources of energy and we could never be 100% reliant on them.

The use of wind power

It’s no secret that the energy we receive from wind farms relies on strong winds to operate. In 2016, it was reported that windfarms across the UK generated more electricity that coal power plants and were able to produce more power than solar panels.

The use of solar power

Solar power use is becoming more popular around the world. Currently, the UK is leading in Europe with the growth of solar energy produced. In the entirety of Europe, solar provides 4% of all electricity demand. However, following the UKs government’s decision to cut incentives for householders to fit solar panel and for solar farms to be built, the amount of solar power installed in 2016 fell by around 50% compared to the year before.

The use of nuclear power

In June 2017, it was reported that nuclear power accounted for 23.2% of energy generated in the UK. This source of energy is also reliable as it can provide power whenever it is needed. It does not emit carbon dioxide but can be harmful if there are any accidents on site.

Natural gas is undoubtedly the most reliable source of energy — both for home owners and business gas requirements. Although renewable energy is on the rise, it is not always able to provide power and this can be problematic in some situations.

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