As governments and industry widen their search for low-carbon energy sources to mitigate climate change, Wageningen Environmental Research is conducting qualitative research on the implications of introducing renewable energy sources on a large scale.
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In Europe, where population densities are high and landscapes and their uses vary within relatively small areas, the introduction of large solar and wind parks requires careful spatial planning to gain political and societal support. Wageningen Environmental Research has performed a Research through Design study that examines how landscape-based design principles can be applied to support the transition to sustainable energy use in the Netherlands and Germany.
- Qualitative landscape structure analysis (QLSA)
- Energy landscapes: solar fields and wind parks
- Biobased climate solutions
- Quality of life in urban and rural living environments
Effects on nature
We also conduct studies on the potential effects of energy parks on nature, for example how wind turbines affect the bird population.
- Biodiversity effects of renewable energy
- Effects of wind farms and solar parks on bats, birds and other animals
Broad alliance for governance and technology
We collaborate with other Wageningen University & Research groups to build up expertise on technological energy innovations and governance aspects of the energy transition.
- Dedicated energy crops
- Technical energy research