Conflict and compromise at the recharge.green conference

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Hydropower | No Comments
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At the final conference of the recharge.green project, in Sonthofen, Germany in May, researchers invited the international (Alpine-wide) community for a discussion on the theme of balancing nature and energy in the Alps. The discussion quickly turned to an ongoing debate in the area – a proposed hydropower plant to be built near the nearby […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.

Review on renewable energies and ecosystem service impacts

Are hydropower plants impacting natural hazard protection? How far windmills impact bird and bats populations? Does the use of forest biomass impact the recreational value of forests? Do ground mounted photovoltaic installations seal soil surfaces? A scientific literature review adresses these and many other questions on ecosystem service impacts of renewable energy sources. This review was rechently […]

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About Richard Hastik

As a geographer it is interesting to be confronted with different views regarding the balance between preservation and use of natural resources in the Alps. _Richard Hastik, assisting in questions regarding ecosystem services and situation analysis

Hydropower in the Alps

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Hydropower | No Comments
Example of results from the IIASA BeWhere model presenting the optimal location of potential hydro-power stations in both protected and non protected ares under a business as usual scenario

Hydropower is already pervasive in the Alps, providing about 100 terawatt hours per year (TWh/a) of power in the region. There are many potential places in the Alps for more hydropower plants. But how much would it cost to build them and the necessary infrastructure to transfer their energy to the grid?  And, moreover, how […]

Sylvain Leduc

About Sylvain Leduc

Sylvain Leduc is a research scholar in the IIASA Ecosystems Services & Management where he has been working on the development of the BeWhere model, a techno-economic model which optimizes the geographical location of bio-energy production plants.

World Water Week: Water and energy in the Alps

Kaprun Power Plant in the Austrian Alps.

In Norway, 99% of power is provided by renewable energy in the form of hydropower.  Norway produces so much power from rivers and streams that it is now expanding capacity to provide hydropower to its neighboring countries. Could the same be done in the Alps? Hydropower is already pervasive in the Alps, providing about 100 […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.

Valuing the invaluable

Breithorn (4164 m, Swiss Alps) with gentian (Gentiana brachyphylla) in the foreground

Alpine nature is worth a lot more than people realize.  Most would agree that its resources (wood, water, tourism income, etc.) are valuable, but few realize just how much  the underlying  “services” of nature are worth to all of us. Mountain landscapes certainly have a lot of intrinsic value to me.  This may be because […]

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About Karin Svadlenak-Gomez

“I am passionate about nature and mountains, so it is quite satisfying to be involved in a project that seeks a balanced approach to using and protecting the diverse natural resources in the Alps.” _ Karin Svadlenak-Gomez, Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Lead Partner support in project management and public relations of the recharge.green project