Established the spatially explicit variation in ground level climate caused by operational wind farms. Detailed the potential implications for ecosystem carbon cycling. Post-print PDF Journal page
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. Post-print PDF Journal page
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. Post-print PDF Journal page
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.
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.
Consultancy report for Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd. The report explores the potential effects of a proposed east-west orientated solar park, Cleve Hill Solar, on the microclimate and vegetation response. It was led by Alona Armstrong, in collaboration with Simon Smart (The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) and Nick Kettridge (University of Birmingham).
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.
This is a pilot study investigating the role of photodegradation in mesic environments.