12 May 2008 06:05:37
New windfarm research 'may cut production costs'
A team of researchers from the University of Nottingham are working on technology developments that could make renewable energy considerably cheaper to generate.
The group is led by Dr Peter Schubel and is aiming to make the manufacture of the blades used on wind turbines less expensive to manufacture through the use of new materials and innovative aerodynamic designs.
It is hoped that air power will be eight per cent cheaper to harness and that the relevant blades will take 11 percent less time to manufacture, Dr Schubel told the Nottingham Evening Post.
He environmental technology expert told the paper: "This research will have a major influence on the wind energy industry through reduced cost of manufacture, which will make wind energy more competitive against traditional methods of energy production."
In related news, the energy generation giant Centrica has warned that the UK government's current renewable power targets will be missed unless the associated costs can be reduced.