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Heat, cold extremes hold untapped potential for solar and wind energy

A study led by Washington State University reveals that extreme temperature events, which often strain power grids, could actually present opportunities for capturing solar and wind energy. Analyzing data from 1980 to 2021 across six interconnected energy grid regions in the U.S., researchers found that these events are accompanied by increased solar radiation and higher wind speeds. This suggests that harnessing renewable energy during such times could help offset the surge in power demand caused by heating or cooling needs.
The research underscores the potential for utilizing solar and wind power during heat and cold waves to enhance the resilience of energy systems. Solar energy potential was found to increase in all regions during heat waves, while wind power showed variable but promising potential in several regions during both hot and cold events. Notably, the study highlights the need for alternative solutions to alleviate strain on power grids, especially as climate change leads to more frequent and intense temperature extremes.
While acknowledging the complexity of transitioning to renewable energy, the study emphasizes the multiple benefits of solar and wind power, including reducing air pollution and advancing energy equity. Despite the need for further research and development to bolster energy grid resilience, the capacity for leveraging renewable energy during extreme events exists. With support from organizations like the National Science Foundation and Washington State University, continued efforts toward renewable energy adoption are crucial for mitigating the impacts of climate variability on power systems.







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  • Munene Mugambi

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    The study from Washington State University suggests utilizing solar and wind energy during extreme temperature events to enhance energy grid resilience, offering potential solutions to mitigate strain and combat climate change. We welcome this possibility whole heartedly

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    • johnte ndeto

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      This presents a compelling case for harnessing solar and wind power during these events to offset the surge in power demand caused by heating or cooling needs.

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      • Munene Mugambi

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        @johnte_ndeto This shows the importance of utilizing solar and wind power during peak energy demand periods, such as heating or cooling events, to alleviate strain on traditional power sources and reduce environmental impact. A good move it would be

      • Esther Wanjiku

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        Harnessing wind and solar energy is the future of clean energy.

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        • johnte ndeto

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          @esther_wanjiku_785 that not only offers environmental benefits but also helps build more resilient and sustainable energy systems for the future.

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        • dickson mutai

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          Solar and wind power come out as promising options, offering multiple benefits such as reducing air pollution and advancing energy equity

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          • johnte ndeto

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            @dickson_mutai this research offers a beacon of hope amidst the backdrop of climate change.

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          • Princess

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            Embracing innovative approaches to capture energy from these conditions could further advance renewable energy technologies.

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            • johnte ndeto

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              @princess_nel_268 it also paves the way for a more sustainable and resilient energy future.

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            • Elizabeth Gathigia

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              A great research indeed, going green is the mission here

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            • walter lungayi

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              The information could be vital in addressing the strain on power grids caused by heating or cooling needs. By capturing renewable energy during these times, it may offer a promising solution to offset the surge in power demand, contributing to a more sustainable energy landscape.

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              • johnte ndeto

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                @walter_lungayi It's an inspiring testament to the power of innovation.

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              • walter lungayi

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                The information could be vital in addressing the strain on power grids caused by heating or cooling needs. By capturing renewable energy during these times, it may offer a promising solution to offset the surge in power demand, contributing to a more sustainable energy landscape.

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                • johnte ndeto

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                  @walter_lungayi scientific inquiry in addressing pressing environmental challenges is quite commendable.

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                • Jane Wangui

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                  Solar and wind energy is one of the key solutions to the issue of climate change.going green is the way to go

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                  • Jane Wangui

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                    Solar and wind energy is one of the key solutions to the issue of climate change.going green is the way to go.

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                    • Ann Nyambura

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                      Harnessing solar and wind power during heat and cold waves could be a game-changer for our energy systems.

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                      • johnte ndeto

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                        @ann_nyambura_542 exactly I really anticipate it does

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                      • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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                        This is great research!Solar and wind have so much potential in fastening our transition to renewable energy and This study could be useful to many nations especially African countries that have the highest potential in wind and solar energy.

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                        • johnte ndeto

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                          @rukia_ahmed_abdi this shows with the right support researchers could get more insights on climate change.

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                        • winnie nguru

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                          There is so much to explore when it comes to solar and wind power. Those two have the ability to change the energy sector in every country in the world

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                          • Ann Nyambura

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                            @winnie_nguru Absolutely!

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                            • johnte ndeto

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                              @winnie_nguru typically strain power grids, could actually serve as opportune moments for capturing renewable energy.

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                              • Munene Mugambi

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                                @winnie_nguru Solar and wind power offer vast potential to revolutionize the global energy sector. Their versatility and sustainability make them transformative options for powering countries worldwide.

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