Climate Effects of Wind Turbines
July 3, 2015
Wind power currently meets about 3% of electricity demand globally and 8% in Germany, compelling some to ask: how much wind power is possible?
windmills close to Jena (copyright Axel Kleidon)
Additionally, as the wind transports heat, moisture, and momentum, which maintains climate, should we also be concerned about the climatic effects from deploying large-scale wind power?
To address such questions, an international workshop co-organized by Lee Miller (MPI for Biogeochemistry) was held at Harvard University on June 24-25, 2015. The about 25 international experts from science, politics, and industry openly discussed how these issues pertain to different regions of the world, while also remarking how they differ from the scientific, public policy, and industrial viewpoints.
A formalized result of the workshop is forthcoming and will be provided soon.