Almost all of Scotland’s domestic electricity requirements could have potentially been supplied by wind turbines, according to data from Weather Energy.
Scotland experienced strong winds last month, with Hurricane Ophelia producing more than a week of heavy wind activity over the United Kingdom. The storm was enough to produce more than 1.7 million megawatt hours of electricity.
This amount almost completely meets the average home, industrial and business electricity requirements of Scotland, which consumed approximately 1.75 million megawatt hours of electricity throughout the month of October.
Proponents of wind turbines say the incredible performance of Scotland’s wind electricity tech proves that wind turbines could be the key to making Scotland a green energy powerhouse in the future.
Acting head of policy for WWF Scotland Gina Hanrahan stated that October was a “spectacular month for wind energy” in Scotland, noting that the country’s infrastructure had “coped well with the windy weather, which provided enough to power nearly twice the number of households in Scotland.”
However, one difficulty faced by Scotland is the unpredictability of weather patterns, as well as the need to store the electricity produced by wind turbines to prevent of it from being wasted due to inefficiencies.
Renewable energy experts have proposed battery storage, which would let the Scottish power grid store some of the electricity produced during periods of heavy winds. The government has already introduced limited battery storage at its new Hywind Scotland floating wind farm.
As discussed in a Huffington Post article, the current storage project is relatively small in size — it has a total capacity equivalent to approximately two million iPhones — but marks some of the first steps towards a large-scale energy storage solution in Scotland.
Until then, the country’s extensive network of wind turbines will likely have other opportunities to show off its electricity generating potential.