Energy & Sustainability

NCAR solar energy Sun4Cast system - photo: solar panels in Colorado's San Luis Valley
August 23, 2016
NCAR and its collaborators have successfully developed cutting-edge forecasts to make solar energy more effective.
Solar panels being installed on U.S. DOE building
October 14, 2014
A cutting-edge wind and solar energy forecasting system that has saved electricity consumers $40 million to date has won a prestigious 2014 Colorado Governor’s Award.
Turbines at Cedar Creek Wind Farm in northeast Colorado
October 08, 2014
To help provide guidance to utilities, scientists at NCAR and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have produced maps that show how U.S. wind and solar energy resources may evolve by 2060 . The maps include projections for each season and for different times of day, while taking into account natural variability.
Sources of airborne wind energy: Forecast-model depiction of winds at 850-mb level on 1/30/13
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.
Drought puts California water supply at risk: Photo of Lake Mead, Nevada/Arizona
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.

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