Special Issue "Climate Change and the Potential Impacts on Wind/Solar Power Systems"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Climatology".

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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Atmosphere explores the impact of climate change on renewable energy systems, specifically wind and solar power. Understanding the potential effects of extreme weather phenomena, such as hurricanes, heatwaves, and droughts, on these energy sources is crucial for sustainable development.

Extreme weather events intensified by climate change have the potential to hinder sustainable development, particularly in vulnerable areas, and create obstacles in transitioning away from fossil-fuel-based energy systems. This Special Issue investigates the impacts on renewable energy potential under a changing climate and how extreme weather can affect the efficiency and resilience of wind and solar power systems. It examines adaptation strategies and technological advancements to enhance system performance to mitigate climate change impacts.

The consequences of climate change impacts on renewable energy systems extend beyond local areas, with far-reaching global implications for sustainable development progress. This Special Issue provides valuable insights for researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders. Recognizing the vital connection between reliable clean energy sources and sustainable development, this Special Issue emphasizes the necessity of resilient clean energy infrastructure for promoting sustainable development and fostering economic growth.

Dr. Hamid Pouran
Prof. Dr. Yong Sheng
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Duran Şahin
Dr. Mustafa Kemal Kaymak
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  • climate change
  • renewable energy systems
  • wind and solar power
  • extreme weather phenomena
  • sustainable development
  • adaptation strategies
  • technological advancements
  • resilient clean energy infrastructure

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15 pages, 2744 KiB  
Long-Term MERRA-2 Reanalysis Data Indicate Atmospheric Environmental Changes for Three Major Concentrating-Solar-Power-Plant Project Areas in Xinjiang, China
Atmosphere 2023, 14(11), 1700; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos14111700 - 18 Nov 2023
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The characteristics, distributions, and trends of the aerosol optical depth (AOD) and dust aerosol optical depth (DAOD) of three major concentrating solar power (CSP)-plant project areas (Hami, Turpan, and Ruoqiang) in Xinjiang, China were investigated and analyzed during 1980–2022 using the Modern-Era Retrospective [...] Read more.
The characteristics, distributions, and trends of the aerosol optical depth (AOD) and dust aerosol optical depth (DAOD) of three major concentrating solar power (CSP)-plant project areas (Hami, Turpan, and Ruoqiang) in Xinjiang, China were investigated and analyzed during 1980–2022 using the Modern-Era Retrospective analysis for Research and Applications Version 2 (MERRA-2) reanalysis products. The monthly variation, seasonal variation, inter-annual variation, distributions of AOD and DAOD, and proportions of dust in the aerosols in these three CSP-plant project areas were computed and analyzed. Overall, the annual mean AOD at 550 nm in the Turpan project area was the highest (0.20–0.36), while Ruoqiang had the lowest annual mean AOD at 550 nm (0.13–0.30), and the annual mean AOD at 550 nm in Hami was distributed between 0.17 and 0.33. After 2010, the change in the rate of the annual mean AOD showed an overall downward trend in Hami and Ruoqiang, indicating that the atmospheric environmental changes in both areas were more favorable for the operation of CSP plants. In the project areas of Hami, Turpan, and Ruoqiang, more than 90% of the AOD values were mainly in ranges 0.10–0.30, 0.10–0.35, and 0.05–0.30, respectively. As expected, the AOD values in spring and summer were significantly higher than those in autumn and winter in the three study areas. In spring, the dust contents (i.e., ratios of DAOD to AOD) were the highest, accounting for 64% (Hami), 67% (Turpan), and 69% (Ruoqiang) of the total aerosol contents. In all three areas, the proportions of dust in aerosols in spring have shown an increasing trend since 2000, suggesting that the negative impact of the dust on the power generation efficiency in these areas has gradually been increasing. Therefore, it is recommended that the CSP plants in Hami, Turpan, and Ruoqiang develop a strategy for cleaning heliostats, especially in spring, to reduce the impact of dust adhesion on the efficiency of the CSP plants. Full article
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