Breakthrough in recording environmental impact of wind farms
Scientists have reached an unprecedented breakthrough in establishing the climatic impact of a specific wind farm on its surroundings.
The research, carried out on the Black Law wind farm in Scotland, established that there is a slight warming of the ground level, which is localised to a given radius of a wind farm.
Results from the experiment, published in the Environmental Research Letters journal, show that onshore wind farms are responsible for low ecological impact.
‘‘For a long time there have been some concerns about what effects wind farms could have on the local climate and the land surface,’’ said Stephen Mobbs, author of the report.
‘‘To be honest, it was mostly speculation with nothing very concrete. We set out to actually measure what was going on,’’ added Mobbs, who is also the director of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, based at Leeds University.
The news comes just at the right time when there is increasing global concern over the impact of wind farms.
We are yet to see how the believers and proponents of wind energy will react to the report. Will they accept or reject it?
Professor Mobbs has allayed fears that the effect is substantial enough to cause any alarm.
‘‘Because we have been able to definitively detect the effect, we can also definitively say that the effect is extremely small and it is not something people should be worried about,’’ he said.
According to Professor Mobbs and his team, the effect is just one of the many environmental effects of wind farms.
Wind power is definitely the next big thing in the energy sector, and expectations are that it will grow by leaps and bounds in the coming decade.
Stakeholders are expected to view the report as a positive for the industry.
Published by Green Jobs Online - 26th April 2016