The industrial revolution may have been a prosperous period for Great Britain, a time, which saw the country undergo significant changes. This period of expansion in Great Britain was between the 18th and 19th centuries and may saw the shift towards specialised machinery. The advent of new machines in the industrial industry may have resulted in efficient, cost effective and automated mass production factories. Soon more factories began to appear throughout Great Britain as the iron and textile industries, among others, began benefiting from the rise of machinery.
It seems to be around this time coal became a primary source of fuel used throughout factories and steam engines, replacing the use of wood. The main reason for selecting coal over wood was made apparent due to the abundance of coal and the ease at which coal may be acquired, making it a viable alternative to wood. With this relative availability, coal seemed to be a widespread adoption, which may have lead to coal becoming the dominant source of fuel at the time. This seems to be until modern developments in renewable energy may have made alternative sources more feasible. The Nation Grid was recently able to power Great Britain for a complete 24 hours without using coal as power, an accomplishment which seems to mark the first time the UK has been coal-free since the days of the industrial revolution.
This modern seems to suggest the National Grid was able to draw from alternative energy sources to keep Great Britain powered. Until this accomplishment Great Britain seems to have been relying on coal-fuel, however, it appears the National Grid may be attempting to move away from this prehistoric fuel source. To supply Great Britain’s national grid without the use of coal power, energy may have been acquired from sources such as natural gases, nuclear, wind, biomass or solar sources of power. This seems to coincide with the plans the Government announced to step away from coal power completely by 2025. In 2015 the UK government revealed plans to close all coal-fired power stations by 2025. It seems this plan is already in motion as the National Grids recent announcement may mark an important milestone toward successfully realising this future plan.
With the government actively changing their energy policies there seems to be a clear effort to move toward cleaner sources of energy. As the nation gradually moved away from coal energy Great Britain seems to take steps towards dealing with climate change. In addition to the nation’s plans to wean itself off coal energy, the Energy and Climate change Secretary at the time, Amber Rudd announced they are striving to ensure the UK has secure, affordable and clean energy supplies. This seems to be a long term plan for the UK government to tackle and by moving away from legacy energy methods this plan may be closer to fruition. Along with the reductions in pollution the closure of coal-fired power stations may yield, renewable energy might provide better economic value in the long run. With alternatives like solar power and wind power presenting cleaner alternatives, this ambitious goal may require remodelling the entire national grid one step at a time. The National Grid’s triumph seems to demonstrate Great Britain’s determination to phase out coal power in favour for a reliance on cleaner and more affordable energy sources. With the national grid responsible for keeping a steady supply of energy to each house 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, these small changes may soon have a vast impact on the nation.
How might a diversity in energy supplies allow for cleaner energy in the future?