We are reaching a critical point concerning CO2 emissions and the impact upon global warming, and the emergence of advanced technologies moves us ever closer to a necessary shift to renewable resources.
Our energy use is changing at a rapid pace. By 2050 it is anticipated that four-fifths of the world’s electricity will be generated by renewable energy sources. Innovation in business and technological advancements within this field cannot happen fast enough as a shift to renewables for power generation, heating, buildings, and transport are deemed crucial to cut carbon emissions and reduce global warming.
Key climate policy reinforced this in 2016, with 196 parties signing up to the Paris Agreement, a legally binding international treaty on climate change whereby the long-term goal is to limit global warming to below 1.5C to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century.
Wind turbine development has been rapid, and solar photovoltaic technology has advanced to become increasingly efficient, harnessing energy from tides and waves. In addition, solar thermal technology has great potential in sunny climates.
The economics of renewables have also significantly reduced. Government incentives have actively encouraged the use of wind and solar power, with renewables usage now on par with fossil fuels per kilowatt-hour costs.
Geothermal energy where hot, underground steam can be tapped and brought to the surface, has potential in certain parts of the world such as New Zealand, USA, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Italy. This renewable energy source is appealing because it is low-cost to run and is dispatchable, unlike solar or wind power.
Bioenergy accounts for almost three-quarters of all renewable energy in use today, providing electric power to balance seasonal wind and solar resources, industrial process biomass heat, and biofuels for transport.
Enabling technologies in end-use sectors such as the Electric Vehicle (EV) market offering the prospect of decarbonised transport continue to grow, with our perception of EV technology simply becoming another ‘new-normal’ in our bid to achieve sustainability and protect the well-being of our planet.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) states that renewable energy accounts for 19% of global energy supply, an increase of 0.17% per year. However, it stresses that efforts must be strengthened with a rise to 2.5% per year needed by 2050.
KMF Group works closely with key supply chains in the renewable energy sector to manufacture and assemble sheet metal fabricated and metal engineered products, producing a variety of parts and assemblies for use within renewable energy devices ranging from wind turbines, electric vehicles, and solar panels.
As one of the largest sheet metal manufacturers in the UK, KMF has invested heavily in sheet metal machinery to support the creation of 35,000 EV charging points country-wide. Our expertise in producing technically complex, high-quality components for the renewable energy sector means clients can be confident that KMF has the skills to deliver to budget and on time.
KMF provides a complete solution for energy industry clients, from design and prototyping of components to fabrication, engineering, assembly, testing, and delivery. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of our metal manufacturing experts here.