|Date: Thursday, 21 November|
|Time: 15:00 – 16:30h|
|Location: Room 0029, Energy Academy Europe (Nijenborgh 6)|
- Get to know the ins and outs of nature conservation in wind farms
- Learn about the national project: The Rich North Sea
- Examples of long-term effects on the local natural environment by renewables
Renewable energy technologies are the solution for the reduction of greenhouse gases generated by the power sector. However, development of renewable-energy projects should always take into account the long-term effects on the local natural environment. By understanding the current and potential environmental issues associated with renewables, we can take steps to avoid or minimize these impacts, or even use renewables to harness natural processes.
The opportunities are mainly under water. As it is not allowed to fish over the bottom in wind farms, the underwater nature has the opportunity to develop undisturbed.
Coolen has work-ed for various organizations within the wind sector. Coolen was vice presi-dent at Vestas, where he was responsible for offshore wind in Central Europe until 2005. He then became active on the Dutch wind market. Coolen is the founder of OutSmart, independent manager of offshore wind farms. He recently founded the ECHT innovation agency. He is also involved in education and research into wind energy, including for the Arnhem and Nijmegen High School.