Early this year, the European electricity sector rolled up its sleeves to accelerate its contribution to the fight against climate change. Its plan is to deliver carbon neutral electricity to Europe well before 2050, and to develop clean electricity uses in transport, buildings and industrial applications.
So how do we get there? 2050 is a long way off, but some of the key technologies are already here. The clean power sector will have a very high share of renewables, wind, solar, biomass, the often forgotten hydro (17% of the EU’s 2017 power generation) and probably new pilot technologies such as floating wind turbines and wave and tidal energy.