The plan to build the £18 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has been delayed after US allegations of nuclear espionage committed by Chinese General Nuclear Power who hold a major 33% stake in the project. Jenifer Baxter, Head of Energy and Environmental at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, has since responded to EDF’s announcement declaring the power station provides ‘no answer to the UK’s power generation management issues, potential generation gap and the need to balance the grid’. With the build at a stand-still, a surge of petitions to prevent the Somerset plant have sprung into action, find out more about the petitions here.
Hinkley made sense in 2013, before the global energy collapse and before the renewable energy leap, according to The Telegraph. With the race between worldwide companies to achiever the renewable energy future, the next energy revolution may be only 5-10 years away. Massive leaps in research on Organic Flow batteries in Lux Research laboratories across the globe promise of a chemistry prototype ten times cheaper than the leading manufacture. The US energy department has combined scientists from world-renown universities, such as Harvard, MIT and Stanford, and launched projects such as the replacement of toxic bromine with a harmless ferrocyanide which is not only safe and clean energy, but also incombustible and therefore simply more appealing if these were to be stored beneath your own home. To find out more about upcoming renewable energy projects, see the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) website here.
In the surge of renewable energy projects and advancements, why is the need for nuclear still a daunting possibility when the upcoming energy revolution is upon us?