PHOTO CAPTION: Britain is now dotted with hundreds of windfarms, both offshore and onshore.

UK Group Releases 2050 Energy and Fuels Roadmap

Automotive Council UK envisions fuel future based on blending renewable energy produced hydrogen and synthetic methane with traditional fossil fuels.

Published: 24-Mar-2015

Call it just being pragmatic, but the Automotive Council UK thinks the most practical way forward, at least for the foreseeable future, is to find ways to reduce the carbon content of traditional automotive fuels by blending in renewably-generated extenders: ethanol and bio oils, and using hydrogen and synthetic methane in the refinery process, rather than focusing entirely on vehicle electrification.

While the Council, which is made up to of "a wide range of industry stakeholder organizations" from British oil companies and carmakers to the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, even Associated British Foods, includes increasing electrification of vehicles in the roadmap, it also sees potential for what it calls "power-to-gas" technologies and "drop-in" fuels.

Drop-in fuels are biologically derived feedstocks that can be blended with traditional fossil fuels: ethanol and bio oils. Power-to-gas technology uses any available surplus electric power from wind, wave and solar to create hydrogen and methane at the refinery level, the goal being to gradually reduce the carbon content of traditional motor fuels. The study authors, led by Ricardo chief technology and innovation officer Professor Neville Jackson...

...sets out what we believe to be the most plausible and attractive pathways for the UK to achieve its targeted 80 percent reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions.

The Energy & Fuels Roadmap for 2050 can be downloaded here.

Map of British Windfarms Circa 2014

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