Power and energy underpin every aspect of social and economic life. Growth and diversity in energy provision have long been priorities for engineering. With much of the UK’s aged fossil fuel plants set to come offstream engineers are tackling massive challenges in creating an energy system that is fit for modern purpose, secure, sustainable and affordable.
Environmental concerns are creating growing demand for diversity of supply, using new technologies and renewable sources of energy that do not rely on hydrocarbons or create damaging pollution and emissions. UK engineers are world leaders in developing new technologies in wind, wave, tide and solar power.
Innovative UK energy companies, large and small, are researching and testing new kinds of power devices that use renewable sources as the UK seeks to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and meet its climate change commitments.