Common land is an important aspect of the heritage of England and Wales, with value for its nature and landscape interest. Most common land is now subject to a right of access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. But it is also subject to development pressure – from wind farms on the uplands to building on urban commons or village greens. The Commons Act 2006 (the Act) makes important changes to the ability to build on common land and to register village greens.
Optimizing Wind and Solar Power in Africa
Editor`s Note: The following is a news release authored by Julie Chao and issued by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on April 5, 2017 To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that wind and solar can be economically and environmentally...
Pro`Bat Project with Ultrasonic Wind Sensor
Sens Of Life, who is an Engineering office, use our ultrasonic wind sensor to develop a new system to reduce bat mortality in wind farms. ProBat’ project is based on the combination of two idea: system of activity prediction and system of activity in real time. For this purpose, Sens Of Life use sensors network throughout Europe. Benefits of ProBat: Efficiency modelable before installation On the basis of the wind data and the activity of the bats recorded on the site, it`s possible to determine the...
Offshore wind costs and development risk
How procurement strategies, manufacturing costs and new technology stack up against development risk in Offshore Wind Projects. Offshore wind is changing, and it is changing for the better. In 2006, offshore wind deployment costs started rising significantly, from £1.5m/ MW, in 2016 prices, to over £4m/MW in 2012, without a clear indication as to what the price ceiling would be. There was an industry-wide realisation that a significant shift was necessary to avoid losing out on investments to alternati...
Wind Energy Production Estimates: Moving Beyond Time Averages
No need to be a statistician to see that averages are often useful to compare different things. And yet, they often fall short as a true measure of performance. For instance, we use averages to compare the current weather against the climate normals or to get a sense of how our favorite sport team or player is doing. Team (player) statistics are a concise way of combining the scores from many games into a few numbers and assess their performance. Averages are convenient to compare two teams (players) or to...
Wind power is about to get a whole lot cheaper
Wind energyis soaring around the world, thanks to technology advances and energy policies that have reduced its cost. And things are only going to get better — with prices dropping substantially by mid-century, according to a survey of 163 of the world’s leading wind energy experts. The results, published in the journal Nature Energy,suggest that the cost of electricity from wind could drop by 24–30 percent by 2030 relative to 2014 prices, and by 35–41 percent by 2050. The key driver of...