Wind Energy

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 21:05:37 UTC

California offshore winds show promise as power source

One of the challenges of moving toward fully renewable energy in California by 2045 is matching production to demand. Consumer demand peaks in the evening when solar energy is no longer available. Offshore wind energy has the potential to help meet this demand. … read more
Mon, 24 Aug 2020 14:59:14 UTC

Researchers to investigate wind power effects on bats in the Baltic Sea region

Despite the increasing numbers of wind turbines, their impacts on the environment are poorly known. A new study focuses on wind turbines in the Baltic Sea region and their impact on bats and their migration. … read more
Tue, 18 Aug 2020 15:49:36 UTC

Climate change impact on green energy production

As the climate of the planet is changing, many researchers are looking to more renewable energy sources. Researchers investigate whether the power generated by solar and wind farms would differ between current and future climates. The researchers focused on sites in Australia where variable renewable generators are located or are likely to be located in the future based on the Australian Energy Market Operator's system plan. … read more
Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:53:00 UTC

Countries transitioning to zero carbon should look at more than technology cost

A 'one-size-fits-all' approach to producing cleaner energy based on cost alone could create social inequalities, finds a new study. … read more
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:02:25 UTC

How airplanes counteract St. Elmo's Fire during thunderstorms

A new study finds windy conditions can weaken St. Elmo's fire, the phenomenon when electrically conductive structures spontaneously emit a flash of blue light, when it's generated by aircraft and other ungrounded objects. … read more
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:35:13 UTC

Analysis of renewable energy points toward more affordable carbon-free electricity

A study identifies long-term storage technologies that would enhance the affordability and reliability of renewable electricity. … read more
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 20:08:44 UTC

Harnessing wind data to help meet energy needs in Florida

A new study shows how upcoming technological advances could make wind energy a hot commodity in the Sunshine State. … read more
Mon, 27 Jul 2020 15:46:49 UTC

Offshore wind power now so cheap it could pay money back to consumers

The latest round of offshore wind farms to be built in the UK could reduce household energy bills by producing electricity very cheaply. … read more
Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:54:48 UTC

Renewable energy transition makes dollars and sense

Ne research has disproved the claim that the transition to renewable electricity systems will harm the global economy. … read more
Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:15:47 UTC

Why stakeholders in 'wind energy vs biological conservation' conflict have low mutual trust

Each year, wind turbines are responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of airborne animals such as bats. To find a constructive way out of this ''green-green'' dilemma, companies building and running wind turbines might have to work together with environmental experts and conservationists. Yet lack of trust between them can hinder effective collaboration. Scientists show: shared values are not sufficient to build trust, as beliefs and emotions have stronger influence. … read more
Fri, 19 Jun 2020 18:33:49 UTC

Simulating wind farm development

Engineers have devised a model to describe how, in the process of establishing wind farms, interactions between developers and landowners affect energy production costs. … read more
Fri, 19 Jun 2020 15:57:21 UTC

New system uses wind turbines to defend the US national grid from power cuts

A 'smart' system that controls the storage and release of energy from wind turbines will reduce the risk of power cuts and support the increase of wind energy use world-wide, say researchers. … read more
Wed, 17 Jun 2020 19:00:01 UTC

Wind farms on the Black Sea coast could endanger bat populations in Eastern Europe

The Via Pontica, an important migration route for birds in Eastern Europe, runs along the Black Sea coast of Romania and Bulgaria. Bats also use this route. In this region, numerous wind farms have been installed in recent years because of good wind conditions. A research team has now demonstrated that this leads to high death rates of migrating bats and potentially large declines even in populations living in other countries. … read more
Wed, 13 May 2020 15:14:53 UTC

US wind plants show relatively low levels of performance decline as they age

Wind plants in the United States remain relatively efficient over time, with only a 13% drop in performance over 17 years, researchers report. Their study also suggests that a production tax credit provides an effective incentive to maintain the plants during the 10-year window in which they are eligible to receive it. When this window closes, wind plant performance drops. … read more
Mon, 04 May 2020 19:02:15 UTC

Solar and wind energy sites mapped globally for the first time

Researchers have mapped the global locations of major renewable energy sites, providing a valuable resource to help assess their potential environmental impact. … read more
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