Replacing transformers is key to net zero

Ayah Alfawaris
Wilson Power’s Ayah Alfawaris

In this sponsored post, Wilson Power Solutions’ Ayah Alfawaris applauds the intent to decarbonise the economy – but says some of the easiest wins and biggest gains are being overlooked.

Theresa May took a bold move committing the country to net zero. But that was the easiest part. The hard work must begin now.

With Davos taking place this week, net zero is all over the news. But pressure has has been steadily building, and increasing concern about climate change and the need to drastically cut emissions has helped kickstart many great initiatives to trigger positive behavioural change, which is arguably the hardest type of change.

In December, there were headlines about utilities paying customers to use energy at night during windy weather. Customers were urged to charge electric vehicles or turn washing machines on at night to make a profit.

In late 2018, Tesco and Volkswagen partnered to allow shoppers charge electric vehicles for free whilst shopping. Volkswagen is making 2,400 Pod Point chargers available for drivers across 600 stores, some of which will be free of charge. The decision came after research found out that the average Brit spends 50 minutes every week are supermarkets.

But while these kind of investments and headlines are positive, we need genuine step change to hit net zero.

And that’s why we constantly talk about upgrading transformers to Wilson e3 Ultra Low Loss amorphous transformers. The carbon reduction of replacing one old transformer from the 1990s is equivalent to installing 100 solar panels and is 60% cheaper!

Collectively speaking, replacing all old transformers in the country could significantly make the road to net zero shorter, simpler and less expensive.


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