Energy & Sustainability

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.
NCAR renewable energy forecasts: Wind turbines in northeast Colorado
May 07, 2013
The custom forecasting systems are designed to increase the reliability of solar and wind energy.
Solar energy forecasts: Solar panels arrayed in rows at Shelby Farms solar farm
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.
Illustration comparing total global water to much tinier total freshwater
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.

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