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

Southerly winds increase the electricity generated by solar photovoltaic systems

Southerly winds increase the electricity generated by solar photovoltaic systems

Examines the effect of local meteorology on PV electricity generation and finds it differs with wind direction.

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Realising co-benefits for natural capital and ecosystem services from solar parks: A co-developed, evidence-based approach

Realising co-benefits for natural capital and ecosystem services from solar parks: A co-developed, evidence-based approach

Outlines a decision support tool that informs solar park management for ecosystem services and natural capital.

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Techno–ecological synergies of solar energy for global sustainability

Techno–ecological synergies of solar energy for global sustainability

Resolves the techno-ecological synergy of renewable energy infrastructure, highlighting potential land, water, food and built-up system benefits.

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