May 28, 2014
What if all the energy needed by society existed just a mile or two above our heads? NCAR, the University of Delaware, and the energy firm Garrad Hassan have begun examining where the strongest winds are and how much electricity they may be able to generate.
Sources of airborne wind energy: Forecast-model depiction of winds at 850-mb level on 1/30/13
January 13, 2014
In parts of California and Oregon, 2013 was the driest calendar year on record, with no sign of relief on the horizon. NCAR scientists are examining how water and energy use intersect across this drought-prone region and how the nexus could evolve in a future climate.
Drought puts California water supply at risk: Photo of Lake Mead, Nevada/Arizona
May 07, 2013
The custom forecasting systems are designed to increase the reliability of solar and wind energy.
NCAR renewable energy forecasts: Wind turbines in northeast Colorado
February 21, 2013
NCAR is spearheading a nationwide project to create unprecedented 36-hour forecasts of incoming energy from the Sun for solar energy power plants.
Solar energy forecasts: Solar panels arrayed in rows at Shelby Farms solar farm
August 13, 2012
Until supplies approach a trickle—or a torrent—public attention seldom focuses on water issues. But water is consistently Topic A for a wide-ranging group of researchers.
Illustration comparing total global water to much tinier total freshwater
August 13, 2012
States are having to make tough decisions regarding their water use and their interaction with water. NCAR scientists are involved in collaborative projects in Colorado, Louisiana, and Oklahoma to evaluate the long-term effects of today’s decisions.
UCAR Magazine
August 13, 2012
One of the largest bodies of water in the United States, the Ogallala Aquifer, lies underground. Crucial to life in the U.S. Great Plains, it's one of many aquifers around the world under stress as water demands increase. Satellite data are now painting a richer picture of how these water stores are evolving.
faucet
August 13, 2012
As rising temperatures melt glaciers around the world, scientists are tracking the changes and helping glacier-dependent regions adapt to a changing water supply.
Glacier in Alaska
August 13, 2012
An engineer and water policy expert, David Behar is one of the nation’s leading voices on ways to weave weather and climate knowledge into water management.
UCAR Magazine
July 11, 2012
A new forecasting tool boosts the detail and accuracy of short-term wind forecasts, offering another way to increase the efficiency of wind energy production.
Rows of wind turbines
April 23, 2012
Many facets of everyday life, from boarding a plane to turning on the lights or driving down the highway, are becoming safer and more cost-effective with the help of technologies rooted in atmospheric science.
UCAR Magazine
April 23, 2012
A partnership between NCAR and Xcel Energy has produced a wind forecasting system that is widely considered to be one of the most advanced of its kind.
wind turbine
February 08, 2012
There’s much more to wind energy than throwing a few turbines up and watching the blades spin and the cash roll in. NCAR and partners are adding rigor and efficiency to wind power prediction and resource assessment.
UCAR Magazine
December 27, 2011
New research from NCAR is helping wind energy developers determine the best potential sites for capturing wind. Energy companies can lose money if they install turbines where winds are either too low to generate much power or so high that the turbines often need to be shut down to avoid damage.
Wind turbines on a hillside.
November 10, 2011
The new system enables utility operators to constantly anticipate the amount of energy produced by wind farms across Xcel’s service area.
Six wind turbines in a field, with stratocumulous in the background
October 21, 2011
The Board of Trustees celebrates the sustainable remodel of the Anthes Building and its naming in honor of UCAR's fifth president.
UCAR Magazine
September 08, 2011
The study underscores the complex and sometimes conflicting ways in which fossil fuel burning affects Earth’s climate.
February 25, 2011
The less-than-predicted amount of oil reaching coastlines after the Deepwater Horizon spill illuminates the difference between a projection and an actual forecast and the challenges of making short-term projections of natural processes that can act chaotically.
Track of Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico
February 15, 2011
A new NCAR study compares two different methods for forecasting power production at wind farms: turbine-based versus farm-based.
Wind turbines at sunset.
January 28, 2010
Painting the roofs of buildings white has the potential to significantly cool cities and mitigate some impacts of global warming.
painting roofs white
June 01, 2009
Bret Harper, Consultant • Harper's graduate study focused on wind climatology, but he works on a variety of questions as a consultant, including hydroelectric feasibility studies, dam inspections, and integrated resource planning.
Bret Harper with wind turbines behind him.
February 04, 2009
The highly detailed forecasts will help the utility use power from turbines when sufficient winds are predicted.
color plot of wind strength
December 15, 2008
Accurate, high-resolution weather forecasts are a critical part of wind energy production. In December, UCAR signed an agreement with Xcel Energy to develop a wind prediction system for the company’s wind energy farms in Colorado, Minnesota, and Texas.
Tall modern wind turbines in green field.
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