OUR VISION

WHY?

Transitioning to low carbon energy supply will prompt a substantial land use change across the world, with implications for ecosystems, at a time of increasing land use pressure and environmental decline.

WHAT?

Resolving and quantifying the co-benefits and co-costs of renewable energy infrastructure in our landscapes and using this knowledge to embed broader environmental benefits into the design, construction, operation and decommissioning.

HOW?

Working across disciplines and sectors to co-develop collaborative field, laboratory, modelling and desk-based research, innovation and consultancy projects and using the findings to change policy and practice.

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Our Current Projects

Remote Sensing of Solar Park Impacts

Remote Sensing of Solar Park Impacts

This research is led by Guoqing Li, who is visiting Lancaster University from Ludong University, China, and focuses on resolving the environmental impacts of solar parks using remote sensing imagery.
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Strategically Integrated Renewable Energy and Environment Systems (SIRE)

Strategically Integrated Renewable Energy and Environment Systems (SIRE)

The SIRE is an Industrial Innovation Fellowship awarded to Dr Alona Armstrong. The overarching aim of the project is to provide robust evidence to inform the strategic deployment of wind and solar energy across the UK delivering energy, environment and socio-economic benefits.
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Floating Solar

Floating Solar

Within this EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account project we are developing an understanding of the impacts of floatovoltaics on the hosting water body and building a relevant stakeholder network.
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Solar Park Impacts on Ecosystem Services (SPIES)

Solar Park Impacts on Ecosystem Services (SPIES)

The SPIES project produced a decision support tool to inform solar park management for ecosystem services using an evidenced-based approach. The decision support tool developed with the SPIES project was extended within the subsequent SPIES:I project.

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Our Recent Publications

Established how wind turbines affect measures of ground-level climate

Established how wind turbines affect measures of ground-level climate

Established the spatially explicit variation in ground level climate caused by operational wind farms. Detailed the potential implications for ecosystem carbon cycling.

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Resolved the microclimatic variation in a solar park and implications for carbon cycling

Resolved the microclimatic variation in a solar park and implications for carbon cycling

Established the diurnal and annual within solar park variation in climate. Provided insight on the effects on vegetation, soil properties and greenhouse gas emissions. Selected for highlights in the European Commission Science for Environment Policy newsletter.

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The potential to extract liquid fuel from spent coffee grounds

The potential to extract liquid fuel from spent coffee grounds

Investigated the kinetics of oil extraction from spent coffee ground to explore if current methods could be hastened and if an integrated process coupling oil extraction and conversion to biodiesel stages in one single step was viable.

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