Wikileaks and Wind – The need for a strong renewable energy base

It was revealed today that the United Kingdom risks becoming hugely reliant upon the importation of energy as North Sea oil and gas reserves begin to decline. US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks revealed that the UK government has been aware of this looming problem for at least 3 years.

The cables state that UK oil and gas reserves are decling at a rate of 8% per year and that in less than ten years the country will be importing between 60-80% of oil and gas supplies. Such a development would leave the country exposed to potentially unreliable supplies from unstable regions and open to the political brinkmanship of corporations such as the Russian energy giant Gazprom.

The then UK Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks wrote in one of the released documents that the UK government had already opened up talks with Norway and Qatar by 2008 to establish good relations before the anticipated massive increase in import needs. Wicks commented to the Scotsman newspaper, following the release of these cables, that Norway was a “good democratic human rights oil and gas producer”.

The cables also revealed that that had been an acknowledgement within the UK government that importation on good terms would not be sufficient to “address this deficit” and that it would be necessary to “ensure a diversity of supply”.

Wicks told the then US under secretary for economic and energy affairs Reuben Jeffery that the UK government was having to look at other forms of energy generation such as renewables, nuclear, etc:

“The UK will experience a severe decrease in North Sea gas and oil stocks by 2020, and it will need to improve its diversity of supply as well as move towards ‘homegrown’ measures such as nuclear and renewables.,

“In addition to diversifying supply, the UK is building up its ‘homegrown supply’ of nuclear and renewable energy and is moving towards clean coal and carbon capture.”

This acknowledgement of the problems inherent with the UK’s reliance upon fossil fuels at government level can be seen in the introduction of feed-in tariffs for wind and solar power by the previous administration in the years following these discussions. Renewables are necessary not only in the face of European Union carbon reduction targets but also to make up for the expected decline in North Sea production and the ever increasing cost of energy importation.

Professor Kemp, an energy expert at the University of Aberdeen, was quick to reinforce the continued viability of North Sea oil and gas extraction. He commentated that there remained “a lot of oil and gas that’s undiscovered in reserves” within the North Sea:

“We have produced about 40 billion barrels of oil and gas, and central estimates suggest that there are now between 20 and 21 billion left. But the upper estimate is that there could be about 35 billion.

“There are still a lot of reserves and it’s not a desperate situation. Our modelling shows that there will be oil and gas beyond 2040, but there will be much smaller production by then.”

And beyond 2040? All that can be guaranteed is that production cannot last forever. There is a finite amount of oil and gas in the North Sea and there will come a time when the taps run dry.

The issues of declining North Sea production, ever increasing fossil fuel prices, and the inevitable instability of some energy supplies means that the development of a strong green energy industry in the UK is both a matter of necessity and urgency. Renewable forms of energy generation such as wind are removed from the issues of importation, foreign policy, and fluctuating or ever-increasing cost.

The documents released by Wikileaks can be found here and here

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    Dear sir, i am c.s.bhaskar from secunderabad, AP, India. I am doing research in linear method cascading marine hydro electrical generation and the application is ocean water .A man made underground river slantingly down is dug from below 20 m deep ocean bed. There is 20 meters of ocean water as a stable head and under the ocean bed a 250 meters diameter and 100 meters deep well is dug, this well is also slantingly in arrangement. Now a slantingly sloppily down man made underground river having 150 meters diameter is dug from the very bottom of the well. This underground river is 40 kilometers long and 150 meters in diameter having man made gradient for the ocean water to run down the slope by the law of gravity. The power generation stations are arranged in cascading model. From the wells bottom 96000cubic meters running water per second runs down the 150 meters diameter underground river and fills the very first p1 reservoir completely. There by p1 reservoir will get completely full .P1 reservoir will be 2 kilometers long and the inlet of the reservoir is 150 meters in diameter and the outlet is 40 meters in diameter and the shape of the reservoir is just like a Missile. Water running out of the first reservoir (i.e.p1),96000 cubic meters per second will impinge the p1 generator-turbine and will generate green electricity and the p1 tail release will flow down into p2 reservoir and when the p2 reservoir is getting nearly full p2 reservoir outlet valve is opened and p2 turbine is impinged and in this method or manner all reservoirs arranged in cascading method will generate green electricity. There will be 20 individual reservoirs on the 40 kilometers long slantingly down man made underground river. Each individual reservoir will be having 150 meters inlet and 40 meters outlet. Each reservoir is having a individual Head and each reservoir is having a independent power generation unit at the end of the outlet. Each generator-turbine is 1000 megawatts and will get impinged with 96000 cubic meters ocean water every second having a independent head. For p1 reservoir the head is 20 meters ocean water + 100 meters slantingly down well + 150 meters underground river = 270 meters head and for p2 to p20 all 19 individual reservoirs constructed on the underground river will have 150 meters head because each reservoir is having 150 meters diameter inlet and 40 meters outlet and the power house is outside the 40 meters reservoir outlet.The turbine is in the path of flowing water,as soon as the reservoir oulet valve releases water the released water will impinge the turbine and flows out of the tail release the turbine rotates 24 x 7 all 365 days. All reservoirs are arranged like train compartments one after another. The outlet of the final reservoir will be at minus 400 meters below the main sea level and the tail release of the final turbine .i.e p20 will fall as a free water fall 15 meters down and this falling water is collected into the tail pond. The tail pond will get 96000 cubic meters ocean water every second and the tail pond will be 3 kilometers long having 20 meters depth and 150 meters wide. Water is pumped out by 2000 individual pump turbines. Each individual pump turbine will be 330 megawatts and will consume at least 240 megawatts of electricity and will pump out at least 50 cubic meters ocean water from minus 415 meters to above the main sea level so that the pumped out water will be sent back into the sea. Electricity can be generated from this running water too.
    In this process of green electrical generation the very first reservoir i.e p1 power generation is always for sale 24×7 and p2 to p20 all 19 individual reservoirs power generated power is for pump consumption.
    p1 reservoir will generate=10 gravity x150(m)head x 96000 cubic meters water per second x .60 efficiency= 86400000 KWH electricity generated per every one hour and in 24 hours the total generation will be 2073600000 kwh of green electricity for Sale.
    Generation cost is free because no cost of raw materials and no transportation.
    p2 reservoir will generate ,p= 10 x 40 meters head x 96000 cubic meters ocean water per second x .60 efficiency = 23040000 kwh electricity generated every hour from p2 reservoir x 19 individual reservoirs =437760000 KWH electricity per hour generation is consumed by 2000 individual pump turbines of 330 MW capacity each.
    “THIS SYSTEM WORKS ON 60% EFFICIENCY AND STILL 35 % IS ON HAND AS STANDBY”.
    The turbine is a Revolving Garden Gate model and will rotate by the reservoir pressure head.
    The Water pressure is transferred from 150 meters diameter reservoir inlet into 40 meters reservoir outlet and will flow into each turbine.
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    c.s.bhaskar
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  3. Dear sir, I am Thrinadh, chief editor of Vachakam Fortnightly, AP, India. I have read the above two articles. I have come to know that Mr. C.S. Bhaskar’s Idea is an innovative and scientific. Bhaskara’s words ‘ONLY A FARMER CAN BECOME A CURE TO REMOVE GLOBAL WARMING AND POLLUTION BECAUSE A FARMER WILL PLANT MORE TREES AND GENERATE OXYGEN’ are great and real. His idea of ‘CASCADING MARINE HYDRO ELECTRICAL GENERATION AND THE APPLICATION IS OCEAN WATER RUNNING DOWN A MAN MADE ARTIFICIAL RIVER BELOW THE MAIN SEA LEVEL’ is fentastic. I appeal the intellectuals and UNO Please promote Mr. C.S. Bhaskar and bring his idea to be practical. I think then the ‘ Mother Earth ‘ will be saved for the Godsake. Thank you Mr. Wikileaks aand thnk you Mr. C.S. Bhaskar.
    Thanking you