Paris, 11 February 2014

Are wind farms changing Europe's climate ?

The development of wind farms in Europe only has an extremely limited impact on the climate at the continental scale, and this will remain true until at least 2020. These are the main conclusions of a study carried out by researchers from CNRS, CEA and UVSQ1, in collaboration with INERIS and ENEA, the Italian agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable development. These results were established using climate simulations that included the effect on the atmosphere of wind farms located in Europe, on the basis of a realistic scenario forecasting a two-fold increase in wind energy production by 2020, in accordance with European countries' commitments. Published on the website of the journal Nature Communications on 11 February 2014, the work highlights the importance of carrying out fresh studies to assess the impact of wind energy development by 2050.

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1This study was led by two French laboratories: the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (CNRS / CEA / UVSQ), which belongs to the Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace, and the CEA's Institut de Technico-Économie des Systèmes Énergétiques.


Regional climate model simulations indicate limited climatic impacts by operational and planned European wind farms. R. Vautard, F. Thais, I. Tobin, F.-M. Bréon, J.-G. Devezeaux de Lavergne, A. Colette, P. Yiou, and P. M. Ruti, Nature Communications, Published on line 11 February 2014.
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4196.

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CNRS researcher l Robert Vautard l T +33 1 69 08 26 40 l
CNRS Press Office l Priscilla Dacher l T +33 1 44 96 46 06 l


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