Climate and Energy

Investigating climate and energy production, based on research published by KNMI and the University of Exeter as part of the HIWAVES project.

Investigating climate and energy

Part of the solution to a low carbon future will be the use of renewable energy production across Europe. However, unlike the use of fossil fuels, renewable sources such as wind and solar are susceptible to future meteorological conditions. High pressure systems are projected to lower the amount of energy produced, with the potential for energy shortfalls, where demand outstrips supply.

Solutions will need to be sought that manage this risk. In this unit designed for 14 to 16 year-olds, students will learn about the factors affecting the weather in Northwestern Europe and how electricity is produced. The unit ends with students asked to present on how governments can plan for a low carbon future given the risks posed by future weather to the current energy matrix.

Read the research paper