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Scaling wind energy: What it will take to reach global net-zero, with Simon Watson

December 10, 2021 James Lawler, Katherine Gorman, Simon Watson Season 1 Episode 36
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Scaling wind energy: What it will take to reach global net-zero, with Simon Watson
Show Notes

Wind energy is one of the cheapest sources of energy today, but it accounts for only ~6% of global electricity generation.

To limit global warming to 2 degrees C or less, wind energy will need to scale up to about 5 times its current size. | 

So, how can this be achieved? What are the challenges to scaling wind energy to this degree? How does off-shore wind fit into this equation? And what needs to happen this decade to put us on track?

Climate Now is joined by Dr. Simon Watson, Director of the Delft University of Technology Wind Energy Institute, to discuss the role of wind energy in the transition to a low-carbon economy.