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

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

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

Renewable energy supply and demand during lockdown – and the best time to bake bread

Consumers can play their part in reducing carbon emissions by choosing to shift their energy use to when renewable generation is at its daily peak.

Timur Yunusov, Postdoctoral Researcher on Flexibility in Energy Demand, University of Reading • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: lockdown uk-energy renewable-energy national-grid carbon-intensity energy-demand

Buildings consume lots of energy – here's how to design whole communities that give back as much as they take

Net zero energy buildings produce at least as much energy as they use. Designing whole net zero campuses and communities takes the energy and climate benefits to a higher level.

Charles F. Kutscher, Fellow and Senior Research Associate, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change heating cooling energy-efficiency energy-use buildings renewable-energy sustainable-cities geothermal-energy district-heating net-zero

Solar farms, power stations and water treatment plants can be attractions instead of eyesores

Are facilities that produce necessities like energy and clean water doomed to be ugly? Not when artists and landscape architects help design them.

Margaret Birney Vickery, Lecturer in Art History, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  solar-power  new-york  infrastructure  gardens  renewable-energy  landscape-architecture  design  denmark  connecticut  water-treatment  aesthetics  solar-farms

Both conservatives and liberals want a green energy future, but for different reasons

How should the United States power its economy in 2050? A recent survey finds surprising agreement from Americans of all political stripes.

Shahzeen Attari, Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change energy public-opinion fossil-fuels regulation oil coal renewable-energy us-energy-policy natural-gas energy-prices energy-subsidies

COVID-19 will slow the global shift to renewable energy, but can't stop it

The US is gradually shifting to lower-carbon energy sources, but the COVID-19 pandemic, an oil price crash and a likely recession are big speed bumps.

Peter Fox-Penner, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Professor of Practice, Questrom School of Business, Boston University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  china  solar-power  fossil-fuels  supply-chains  coronavirus-2020  recession  coal  renewable-energy  wind-energy  oil-prices  energy-transition  electricity-generation

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