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Large wind and solar farms in the Sahara would increase heat, rain, vegetation
6 Sep 2018 at 11:16am
Wind and solar farms are known to have local effects on heat, humidity and other factors that may be beneficial -- or detrimental -- to the regions in which they are situated. A new climate-modeling study finds that a massive wind and solar installation in the Sahara Desert and neighboring Sahel would increase local temperature, precipitation and vegetation. Overall, the researchers report, the effects would likely benefit the region.
Wind turbines: How much power can they provide?
5 Sep 2018 at 9:47am
Wind turbines could cover 40 percent of the current electricity consumption in Germany.
3D printed impeller allows unmanned aircraft to operate for thousands of hours
4 Sep 2018 at 8:46am
Engineers are developing a cooled, radial gas turbine for a small generator that provides thousands of hours of electricity to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a significant improvement to current UAV turbines that only operate a few hundred hours before wearing out.
A new way to remove ice buildup without power or chemicals
31 Aug 2018 at 12:01pm
Researchers have found a way to prevent icing of powerlines, airplanes, wind turbines, and other surfaces with a special coating and the power of sunlight -- no heating or harsh chemicals needed.
The science behind blowing bubbles
28 Aug 2018 at 5:59am
What exactly happens when you blow on a soap film to make a bubble? Behind this simple question about a favorite childhood activity is some real science, researchers have found.
Europe may thrive on renewable energy despite unpredictable weather
26 Jul 2018 at 1:12pm
Researchers have shown how long-term weather patterns affect wind and solar renewable energy technologies across Europe. The work suggests that despite the unpredictable nature of wind and solar energy, the European power system can comfortably generate at least 35 percent of its electricity using these renewables alone without major impacts on prices or system stability.
Different strategy of cycling teams in escape attempts
11 Jul 2018 at 7:55am
A new study based on wind tunnel research on a peloton of 121 cyclists may explain why so few 'breakaways' in professional cycling races, like this year's Tour de France, are successful.
Oil rigs may end their days as valuable artificial reefs
9 Jul 2018 at 7:46am
A large group of international researchers have just published a scientific article in which they encourage environmental authorities across the globe to rethink the idea of removing oil rigs, wind turbines and other installations in the sea when they are worn out.
Evaluation method for the impact of wind power fluctuation on power system qu...
20 Jun 2018 at 6:47am
Abrupt changes of wind power generation output are a source of severe damage to power systems. Researchers have developed a stochastic modeling method that enables to evaluate the impact of such phenomena.
Does living near wind turbines negatively impact human health?
5 Jun 2018 at 8:21am
Wind turbines are a source of clean renewable energy, but some people who live nearby describe the shadow flicker, the audible sounds and the subaudible sound pressure levels as 'annoying.' They claim this nuisance negatively impacts their quality of life.
Construction delays make new nuclear power plants costlier than ever
29 May 2018 at 10:20am
The cost of building new nuclear power plants is nearly 20 percent higher than expected due to delays, a new analysis has found.
Can we get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources?
17 May 2018 at 8:38am
Some researchers doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy. Now scientists have hit back with their response to the points raised. They demonstrate that there are no roadblocks on the way to a 100 percent renewable future.
Autonomous glider can fly like an albatross, cruise like a sailboat
17 May 2018 at 8:38am
Engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water's surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat.
European wind energy generation potential in a 1.5 degree C warmer world
16 May 2018 at 7:14pm
The UK and large parts of northern Europe could become windier if global temperatures reach 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, according to a new study.
Impacts of windfarm construction on harbor porpoises
7 May 2018 at 4:42am
Scientists from Germany, Denmark and the UK have built a model tool to predict what happens to marine animals when exposed to noise from the construction and operation of wind farms at sea.