What Are Renewable Energy Installations Impacts On the Environment?

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 11:50

According to a study published in the journal Science, building wind and solar farms in the Sahara desert can increase rainfall and make more plants grow.

Researchers used the Sahara desert as a testbed, as it has been the site of large renewable plants in the past, to find out how wind turbine blades and solar panels would affect the environment as they become more common. They simulated the effects of around 79 terawatts of solar panels and 3 terawatts of wind turbines.

To put that number in perspective, the total amount of solar power added by all the world’s nations in 2017 was slightly less than a tenth of a terawatt, so this research isn’t immediately relevant for today’s renewable installations. But it's a number not completely unconceivable in the far future.

According to the simulations, the net effect is that the Sahara could see twice as much rainfall with those renewable installations as it does now. While on average is a small increase, researchers believe those rains would fall in concentrated places, creating up to 20 inches more rain per year—a huge change with vast ecological ramifications.

Related News

S & R IAU Architect Designs Residential Complex through Solar Energy

1397/7/2 15:45

4 Iranian Cities Nominated to Join Accredited Wetland Cities

1397/6/21 11:48

Scientists May Bring Rainfall in the Sahara Desert

1397/6/20 15:13

ANU Researcher: “Must Move Rapidly Towards an Emission-Free Global Economy”

1397/6/12 11:29

An Adaptive Shading System Opens and Closes Without Electricity

1397/5/29 15:00

Iranian Innovator Makes 100% Biodegradable One-Way Dishes Made of Leaves

1397/5/28 12:19

Tehran Is Ready For Being Cycling-Friendly City

1397/5/27 10:46

Iranian Scientist Claims: A Large Marine Mercury Sink

1397/5/19 17:30

Plastics Emit Methane in the Sun

1397/5/16 15:04

MIT Researchers Create Cell-Sized Robots Can Sense Their Environment

1397/5/3 09:39

Tehran to Host ISC 2018

1397/4/26 15:14

Najafabad SAMA IAU Student Receives Honorary Diploma in 2018 Japanese JQA

1397/4/20 11:30

Iran, Austria to Co-op on Renewable Energy

1397/4/16 08:27

Researchers Develop an Enzyme That Eats Plastics

1397/4/12 16:18

India to Celebrate ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’

1397/3/20 15:11

Scientist Create World-First Antimicrobial Medical Gloves

1397/3/12 12:01

New Study Shows Tall and Older Amazonian Forests More Resilient to Drought

1397/3/8 13:27

Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity

1397/3/2 09:59

Iranian Researcher Suggests Too Much Salt Could Increase Diabetes Risk

1397/2/30 12:49

Iran to Host WCC Awards Final Evaluation

1397/2/23 11:58

Yazd IAU Holds 1st National Conference on Nanobiotechnology

1397/2/23 08:24

South Tehran IAU Graduate Receives 2018 Feigenbaum Medal

1397/2/11 15:38

Najafabad IAU Develops Green e-Bike Claimed to Have a 70-km Range per Charge

1397/2/11 13:11

Opinions


Popular News

Latest News