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Impact of offshore wind farms on marine species

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:36am
Offshore wind power is a valuable source of renewable energy that can help reduce carbon emissions. Technological advances are allowing higher capacity turbines to be installed in deeper water, but there is still much unknown about the effects on the environment. Scientists have now reviewed the potential impacts of offshore wind developments on marine species and make recommendations for future monitoring and assessment as interest in offshore wind energy grows around the world.

Balancing renewable energy costs and optimizing energy mix

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 8:04am
Increasing reliance on renewable energies is the way to achieve greater carbon dioxide emission sustainability and energy independence. As such energies are yet only available intermittently and energy cannot be stored easily, most countries aim to combine several energy sources. Scientists have now come up with an open source simulation method to calculate the actual cost of relying on a combination of electricity sources.

American-made wind turbine blades

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:29pm
New research is helping makers of wind turbine blades improve the labor productivity associated with blade fabrication and finishing. This improved productivity makes US blades more cost competitive with blades from countries that pay workers lower wages.

Ahoy, offshore wind: Advanced buoys bring vital data to untapped energy resource

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:48pm
Two large buoys that are decked out with advanced scientific instruments will help more accurately predict offshore wind’s power-producing potential.

Bats versus wind turbines

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 4:41pm
Wind turbines are responsible for the death of numerous bats. In a recent study, scientists determined the origin of these animals: they do not only come from local areas but many had been already on a long migratory journey. Who then bears responsibility not only for the protection of native bat populations, but also for the populations from other countries, a European study asks.

Worldwide water shortage by 2040

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:31am
Water is used around the world for the production of electricity, but new research results show that there will not be enough water in the world to meet demand by 2040 if the energy and power situation does not improve before then.

How to power California with wind, water and sun

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:43pm
New research outlines the path to a possible future for California in which renewable energy creates a healthier environment, generates jobs and stabilizes energy prices.

Seals forage at offshore wind farms

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:38am
By using sophisticated GPS tracking to monitor seals' every movement, researchers have shown for the first time that some individual seals are repeatedly drawn to offshore wind farms and pipelines. Those human-made structures probably serve as artificial reefs and attractive hunting grounds, according to a study.

Fires are major cause of wind farm failure, according to new research

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 6:46pm
Fire is the second leading cause of accidents in wind turbines, after blade failure, according to research. Wind farming is one of the leading industries in the renewable energy sector. However, the industry faces a number of challenges, such as opposition by wind farm lobbyists. Today's research suggests that incidents of wind turbines catching fire are a big problem that is not currently being fully reported.