Not all the kites flying over the German capital are recreational. A Berlin start-up is developing a kite that generates wind energy in flight. It could harvest energy at heights that were unattainable till now, and be used just about anywhere.
The German government and wind energy industry representatives have been meeting recently to hammer out a way of reinvigorating the sector. But the future of this once thriving industry is blowing in the wind.
Europe is a world leading region for wind energy. Yet there are storm clouds on the horizon for the renewable sector, with opposition growing across the continent, despite ongoing growth in some countries.
The German Economy Ministry has held a summit to discuss a dramatic slowdown in the wind energy sector that's threatening agreed climate goals. The problems are due to policy mistakes and growing public resistance.
Our warming world needs alternatives to polluting fossil fuels. Wind energy is part of the solution, but how bad are wind turbines for nature?
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