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Harnessing wind data to help meet energy needs in Florida
30 Jul 2020 at 1:08pm
A new study shows how upcoming technological advances could make wind energy a hot commodity in the Sunshine State.
Offshore wind power now so cheap it could pay money back to consumers
27 Jul 2020 at 8:46am
The latest round of offshore wind farms to be built in the UK could reduce household energy bills by producing electricity very cheaply.
Renewable energy transition makes dollars and sense
15 Jul 2020 at 6:54am
Ne research has disproved the claim that the transition to renewable electricity systems will harm the global economy.
Why stakeholders in 'wind energy vs biological conservation' conflict have lo...
9 Jul 2020 at 11:15am
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.
Simulating wind farm development
19 Jun 2020 at 11:33am
Engineers have devised a model to describe how, in the process of establishing wind farms, interactions between developers and landowners affect energy production costs.
New system uses wind turbines to defend the US national grid from power cuts
19 Jun 2020 at 8:57am
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.
Wind farms on the Black Sea coast could endanger bat populations in Eastern E...
17 Jun 2020 at 12:00pm
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.
US wind plants show relatively low levels of performance decline as they age
13 May 2020 at 8:14am
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.
Solar and wind energy sites mapped globally for the first time
4 May 2020 at 12:02pm
Researchers have mapped the global locations of major renewable energy sites, providing a valuable resource to help assess their potential environmental impact.
Supercomputing future wind power rise
14 Apr 2020 at 6:57am
First detailed study of scenarios for how wind energy can expand to 20 percent of total US electrical supply by 2030. Results showed expansion of installed capacity makes small impact on efficiency and local climate by deploying next generation, larger wind turbines. Improved calculations of US wind resources can ensure better decision making and a better, more robust energy supply.
Using fiber optics to advance safe and renewable energy
30 Mar 2020 at 6:34am
Fiber optic cables, it turns out, can be incredibly useful scientific sensors. Researchers have studied them for use in carbon sequestration, groundwater mapping, earthquake detection, and monitoring of Arctic permafrost thaw. Now they have been awarded new grants to develop fiber optics for two novel uses: monitoring offshore wind operations and underground natural gas storage.
Designing lightweight glass for efficient cars, wind turbines
26 Mar 2020 at 11:44am
A new machine-learning algorithm for exploring lightweight, very stiff glass compositions can help design next-gen materials for more efficient vehicles and wind turbines. Glasses can reinforce polymers to generate composite materials that provide similar strengths as metals but with less weight.
Water splitting advance holds promise for affordable renewable energy
9 Mar 2020 at 10:00am
A team has developed a less expensive water electrolysis system that works under alkaline conditions but still produces hydrogen at comparable rates to the currently used system that works under acidic conditions and requires precious metals. This advance brings down the cost of water splitting technology, offering a more viable way to store energy from solar and wind power in the form of hydrogen fuel.
Drones can now scan terrain and excavations without human intervention
5 Mar 2020 at 10:20am
Drones can now scan terrain and excavations without human intervention. New research has allowed artificial intelligence to take over the human-controlled drones currently being used for the task. The algorithm also predicts and counteracts the wind forces acting on the drone body.
Quadrupling turbines, US can meet 2030 wind-energy goals
24 Feb 2020 at 3:34pm
The United States could generate 20% of its electricity from wind within 10 years, without requiring any additional land, according to new research.