Painting wind turbines black could help protect birds – as long as it doesn't disrupt their migration

Black turbine blades seem to reduce bird collisions, but it's important to know why.

Jethro George Gauld, PhD Candidate in Conservation Science, University of East Anglia • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds wildlife renewable-energy wind-farms bird-migration power-lines bird-strike wind-turbines

Painting wind turbines black could help protect birds – so long as it doesn't disrupt their migration

Black turbine blades seem to reduce bird collisions, but it's important to know why.

Jethro George Gauld, PhD Candidate in Conservation Science, University of East Anglia • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds wildlife renewable-energy wind-farms bird-migration power-lines bird-strike wind-turbines

Clear solar cells hit an all-time efficiency record

Rather than having skyscraper windows reflect light and waste energy, transparent solar cells could turn them into power sources for buildings.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability solar-cells buildings renewable-energy glass featured earth-and-environment transparency

Robots go their own way deep in the ocean

Firms are building robots that can survey the seabed and underwater structures without human help.

By Ben Morris • bbcnews
Aug. 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: robotics artificial-intelligence wind-power renewable-energy drones


Wind farms built on carbon-rich peat bogs lose their ability to fight climate change

We discovered wind farms in Spain that had carved up peat bogs, causing them to release carbon to the atmosphere.

Nicholas Midgley, Lecturer in Physical Geography, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Aug. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  spain  wind-power  carbon-sequestration  carbon-sinks  renewable-energy  wind-farms  peatlands  peat-bog

Home insulation scheme must guarantee high-quality work, say campaigners

Homeowners using a energy efficiency grant must be protected from bad quality work, campaigners say.

By Zoe Conway • bbcnews
July 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: housing renewable-energy greenhouse-gas-emissions renewable-energy-in-the-uk energy-efficiency-in-british-housing

Energy isn't just electricity – the common mistake obscuring the mammoth task of decarbonisation

Electricity is only one part of the green energy puzzle we need to solve.

George Loumakis, Lecturer in Energy, Glasgow Caledonian University • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: heating transport electricity renewable-energy renewables energy-demand green-energy

Floating wind farms: how to make them the future of green electricity

More than 80% of the world's offshore wind blows further from land than conventional wind farms can reach.

Susan Gourvenec, Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies - Intelligent & Resilient Ocean Engineering, University of Southampton • conversation
July 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: renewable-energy wind-energy wind-farms offshore-wind green-energy

Researchers develop new materials for energy and sensing

MIT and Northwestern researchers create hybrid perovskite materials that could help improve the quality of solar cells and light sources.

Department of Chemical Engineering • mit
July 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: solar research renewable-energy school-of-engineering collaboration nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering chemical-engineering alternative-energy optoelectronics

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