Converting Offshore Wind into Electricity

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Electricity from the North Sea; The Netherlands is in a strong position. Dutch companies and centres of expertise benefit from the results of the We@Sea R&D program. Over the past five years, many aspects of harvesting wind energy from the North Sea were studied within the framework of the research program We@Sea. The results contribute …


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WINDSPEED is an European project about offshore wind focusing on finding sound sites for wind farms at the North Sea. It will deliver a decision support system (DSS) tool using geographical information system (GIS) software. The DSS tool will produce maps, showing suitable area’s for wind farms taking into account other users and nature conservation …

Birds and the colour of light

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Discussion with a Swedish colleague prompted me to find out what the biologist Hanneke Poot found out about colours of light and migrating birds. Information was found at the site:   It has been known for some time that migratory birds are much hindered by the lightning of oil platforms. The birds loose their …