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Yorkshire Energy Park Brings Boost for UK Renewable Energy Production

The £200-million Yorkshire Energy Park at Hedon near Hull has been approved for construction. This park will include a power station, research centres, and an education campus in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

 

The Yorkshire Energy Park will be constructed on a former aerodrome, a strategic site close to nationally significant energy, sea, rail and road infrastructure. The area also has an airport located a short drive away.

 

Sewell Group, the project developer, believes that the scheme can generate over 4,000 jobs.

 

Development of infrastructure

 

Companies looking to grow and thrive can benefit from the Yorkshire Energy Park, having it close to UK’s Energy Estuary on Humberside, which will help these kinds of businesses. Close to the area is a connection to the National Grid, which makes the site fundamental for development.

 

The facility will offer clean and reliable energy at a lesser cost for on-site users as opposed to buying from the energy market.

 

However, residents living near the area have expressed reservations, claiming that the site will increase pollution, traffic and noise, potentially affecting and harming wildlife.

 

Planning officers from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council recommended the development while also turning down several complaints saying that a lot of green space will be lost. The planning committee approved the project with a six to five vote.

 

Paul Sewell, managing director of Sewell Group, acknowledged the decision in favour of the site, saying that the group is ready to start as soon as final approval from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities, and Local Government is granted.

 

On the other hand, Hedon Councillor John Dennis expressed his disappointment over the decision, hoping that a public enquiry will be held as a result. He calls this dispute a ‘war’, and one which he and other advocates will continue fighting.

 

The site is owned by Hull City Council, and will have an energy generation plant to generate power for the National Grid and the site itself.

 

International companies like IBM, EON, Chinese telecoms giant ZTE and Vodafone have announced their commitment to back the project.

 

Boosting renewable energy

 

Yorkshire Energy Park is just one of the many projects that the UK Government is monitoring, to ensure that its renewable energy supply expands to meet the growing demands of the market.

 

A recent study from the University of Cardiff suggests that there has been a substantial increase in global wind speeds since 2010, which could be caused by changes in atmospheric and ocean circulation patterns.

 

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Planning officers from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council recommended the development while also  dismissing several complaints that much green space will be lost. The planning committee approved the project on a 6 to 5 vote.

 

This finding benefits the wind energy industry since it will allow the expansion of wind energy generation systems in mid-latitude countries.

 

If this upward trend is sustained over the next ten years, a single turbine would be able to generate up to an additional 27% over and above its generation capacity. That could mean 3.3 million kWh by 2024.

 

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Paul Sewell, managing director of Sewell Group, acknowledged the decision in favor of the site, saying that the group is ready to start as soon as the final approval from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities, and Local Government is granted.

 

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Yorkshire Energy Park is just one of the many projects that the UK Government is eyeing  to ensure that its renewable energy supply expands to meet the growing demands of the market.

 

The data comes from 9,000 ground weather stations and various statistical models that show how winds have started to pick up over the last decade.

 

The increase in wind speed is three times more than the rate of decline in 2010.

 

Dr. Adrian Chappell, a co-author of the study, cites the heating of the Earth’s surface as the probable cause since it creates pressure gradients, consequently generating winds. He stated that large-scale circulation and surface roughness changes might be the primary reason for the upsurge in wind speed.

 

Another decline is foreseen in the future, but the trend will likely persist for the next decade.