Podcast Episode 1.36

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

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.

Featuring:

Simon Watson
Director of the Delft University of Technology Wind Energy Institute

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Simon Watson

Director of the Delft University of Technology Wind Energy Institute

Simon Watson is a professor of wind energy and the Director of Delft University of Technology’s Wind Energy Institute.

Dr. Watson began his career in wind energy in 1990 and has worked at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Good Energy, and as a senior lecturer the Loughborough University’s Center for Renewable Energy Systems Technology.

Hosted By:

James Lawler
Climate Now Host

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James Lawler

Climate Now Host
James Lawler is the founder of Climate Now. James started Climate Now as a way to learn about climate change and our energy system. Climate Now’s mission is to distill and communicate the science of our changing climate, the technologies that could help us avoid a climate crisis, and the economic and policy pathways to achieve net zero emissions globally. James is also the founder of Osmosis Films, a creative studio.

Katherine Gorman
Climate Now Host

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Katherine Gorman

Climate Now Host

Katherine Gorman is a podcast host for Climate Now. She has worked for terrestrial public radio stations across the US, and is also co-host of the podcast “The Talking Machines”. She is excited to democratize the climate conversation and to learn and share knowledge from experts in the field.

Date: 12.09.2021 Running Time: 25 min

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