Niels will share his observations about Danish culture and history, as well as talk about family lore related to wind energy.
It is crucial that the younger generation be included in the conversation of sustainable development, given the urgent need of a global transition to cleaner energy solutions.
Leander A. Bathon is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Hochschule RheinMain University, in Wiesbaden, Germany. He is also Co Director of the Institute of Building Materials and Structures at HSRM University.
Despite public opinion that generally supports the use of wind turbines as a sustainable form of generating electricity, important segments of the population, especially those who live near them, oppose the technology, often for aesthetic and environmental reasons. Sometimes characterized as a NIMBY phenomenon—Not In My Backyard—this attitude wins political support, such that some locales (as my state, Virginia) sport no utility-scale wind generators.
High bat mortality at wind turbines, and the vulnerability of rare bat populations, has led to recognition of the need for effective strategies to reduce bat mortality at wind development sites. Curtailment of turbine operation during periods of high bat activity is one strategy which can successfully reduce mortality. However, cut-in speed adjustments reduce power production and revenue, and may cause warranty and maintenance issues for turbines not designed with this practice in mind. A successful deterrent has the potential to reduce impacts on bats, without altering turbine operation
Engineering Professors from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been involved in developing renewable energy power systems from the oceans since the 1970’s. The original proposal on this subject resulted in a pioneering research grant on renewable energy systems from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Wind projects provide a valuable opportunity to understand how individuals make sense of changes to their communities and to the surrounding landscape.