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Global warming could make large parts of Europe far more blustery, potentially leading to wind turbines being an increasingly significant source of energy.
If global temperatures reach 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the UK and large parts of northern Europe could experience much stronger winds, scientists say.
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This is because it would cause a northward shift in the Atlantic jet stream which would lead to a significant increase in winds over the UK and northern Europe and a decrease over southern Europe, researchers say.
This could result in a ten per cent increase in UK onshore wind energy generation which could power the equivalent of an extra 700,000 homes a year.
Researchers - British - Antarctic - Survey - University
Researchers from British Antarctic Survey, the University of Oxford and the University of Bristol combined data from 282 onshore wind turbines collected over 11 years with climate model data.
Their study found large areas of Germany, Poland and Lithuania could be more viable sources of wind power in the future.
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However, the largest increase would be in the UK with marked seasonal shifts in wind.
'We see an increase in power generation potential over much of Europe, with the greatest increase in load factor over the UK of around four percentage points', researchers wrote in the paper, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
Conclude - Potential - Wind - Energy - Northern
'We conclude that the potential for wind energy in Northern Europe may be greater than has been previously assumed, with likely increases even in a...
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