Climate changes could boost wind energy production by 2%


Climate changes could boost wind energy production by 2%

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A recent study published in the Renewable Energy journal shows that changes in the Midwest climate could increase wind energy production by at least 2%.
 
The study, led by Robert Erhardt, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at Wake Forest University, and 2015 Wake Forest graduate Dana Johnson, used real data to project the potential impact of changing climate on the wind currents in the Midwest of the United States.
 
Erhardt said:
 
“Climate change is causing an overall warming trend but different parts of the globe warm at different rates and this is changing the wind,”
 
“Some would interpret this as good news about climate change, but I disagree with that. I wouldn’t call it good news. I would just call it a projected consequence of climate change.”
 
The research itself was conducted using 4 independently created climate models, all of which are accepted by the North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP). Each model showed the same trend in increased wind density for the regions including Kansas, Oklahoma and northern Texas.
 
Erhardt said, “All three states have targets of generating a certain amount of wind energy by the year 2020 so it’s a happy coincidence that these projected increases are in a region that already supports wind energy and is already invested in it. The region is well positioned to gain in these additional energy resources.”
 
So how much does this extra energy equate to? According to their calculations it means that each person would get ‘somewhere between 1.7kW – enough power to run a dishwasher – and 5.2kW which is enough for everyone to run an air conditioner and stereo continuously’.
 
Not bad for a little climate change!
 

Posted By Sally on September 24, 2015 | 0 Comment

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