As part of the climate and weather, wind is always blowing somewhere. It can be harnessed for energy.
The force of the wind can be transformed into electricity, providing a reliable source of renewable energy - when the sun isn't shining. But development of wind power faces many challenges, least among them the size of required infrastructure.
Nearly 52% of Germany's electricity in the first part of this year came from renewable energy. That's a new record, and a significant jump from 44% one year ago. This is largely due to the corona crisis — for more on what it means, and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic might have on renewables, Living Planet spoke with Frank Peter of energy think tank Agora Energiewende in Berlin.
West Africa's first industrial-scale wind energy project located in Senegal went online in late 2019. With a third of the wind turbines online as part of phase 1, another 30 will operational by June 2020. 46 wind turbines in total will produce 150 megawatts of energy. The project which cost around €342 million will increase Senegal’s electricity generation capacity by 15%.
Some top climate solutions rely on battery power. We need batteries to drive electric vehicles, and we need them to serve as power banks on energy grids utilizing renewables like wind and solar. Greg Nemet, a professor of public affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains why this simple technology is so crucial.
The Danish government wants to put the country back at the forefront of fighting climate change. The country was a pioneer in developing commercial wind power, but this time farming, not energy is in the spotlight. A Danish farmer is starting a project, which if applied nationally, could offset the entire emissions of the capital, Copenhagen.