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Renewable energy needs more community power

An analysis of wind farm applications in England shows that rejection of wind energy projects is connected to areas with high political engagement and high life expectancy. The current trend shows that many technically suitable locations may remain unused because of the threat of effective local resistance by people who are relatively privileged.
 
Planning delays and rejections encourage commercial developers to instead focus on remote or deprived communities as sites for new power plants. In areas of economic fragility, commercial plants are more easily established without having to provide many benefits for the local community.
Many small scale community-driven renewable power plants have been successfully developed in recent years, providing a valuable potential for building and sharing …

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Wide Spectrum of Research for Offshore Wind Energy

New Fraunhofer IWES presents research highlights at the European Offshore Wind Energy Conference in Stockholm:
- Research at the offshore wind energy test site alpha ventus
- Rotor Blade Competence Center
- Technical Reliabity
- Wind Power-Management-System WPMS
“We offer the complete research spectrum for advancing offshore wind energy systems”, Dr. Hans Gerd Busmann and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schmid are justifiably self-assured. They are the directors of the new Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES with locations in Bremerhaven and Kassel. Along with their research calalogue, the scientists are currently presenting selected highlights at the leading European offshore wind energy conference EOW in Stockholm.
Highlights presented at the European Offshore Wind Energy Conference
Research at the offshore wind …

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Key issues for the future of wind energy

The prestigious journal Energy Policy has recently reported two studies that highlight some key issues for the future of wind energy in Spain.
A team of engineers from the University of Zaragoza believes it is “technically viable and economically reasonable” for wind energy to account for 30% of Spain’s overall energy production.
A report by two researchers from the University of Alcalá (UAH) and the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), meanwhile, says the number of jobs generated by this sector in the European Union has increased by 226% since 2003.
“Nowadays, wind farms supply around 12% of the electric energy produced in Spain, but by 2030 this could rise to 30%”, José Luis Bernal, of the Department of …

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