10 May 2023 |
Generating a greener future
The need to decarbonise is very real, and if we don’t reduce our carbon emissions quickly, we could be sleepwalking into a climate crisis.
To achieve net zero by 2050, the national grid must be secure, affordable and sustainable. In the last decade alone, the UK has decarbonised its power grid faster than any other major economy thanks to the growth of biomass, wind and solar power and the almost complete phase out of coal.
But what happens to our power grid when the wind doesn’t blow, or the sun doesn’t shine and how can we build a more secure and greener future at an affordable price?
At Drax, we believe pumped storage hydro is perfectly placed to help us solve these problems. It is the only proven grid-scale technology which can store huge amounts of energy for a long duration. These sites act like giant water batteries, using excess power from the grid to pump water to an upper reservoir where it is stored, before being released to generate electricity when demand needs to be met.