By Dr Joseph Szarka, Richard Cowell, Geraint Ellis, Peter A. Strachan, Charles Warren
Bringing jointly contributions from best researchers, this quantity displays at the political, institutional and social elements that experience formed the hot growth of wind power, and to contemplate what classes this adventure could provide for the long run growth of different renewable applied sciences.
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Part I Governance and Policy Learning 2 Wind Power: Opportunities, Limits and Challenges David Elliott Introduction Wind power is the leading renewable energy option, leaving aside existing large hydro and traditional biomass with, so far, around 200 gigawatts (GW) installed globally, including over 75 GW in the European Union, 42 GW in China and 40 GW in the USA and rising everywhere (GWEC 2010). e. non hydro) electricity generating renewable technology, apart from those using sewage gas and landfill gas, which only offer a limited resource.
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That presents few problems up to around a 20 per cent contribution from variable wind supplies, but, beyond that, given that the direct storage of electricity is very expensive, other measures would be required. It has been argued that other renewables, such as wave and tidal power, can be used for balancing wind, since they could work together beneficially to cope with variability. Wave energy is in effect stored/ delayed wind energy and so is less sensitive to wind variations, while tides, though cyclic, are unrelated to wind.