How do we create enough renewable energy? Wind and wave power could be the answer, but they have critics. Wind power may be a key technology for generating sustainable electricity with minimal emissions of carbon dioxide. However, people criticise the visual impact of turbines, and the cost of the projects. Likewise, wave power could produce clean and sustainable energy, but the potential effects on marine wildlife cause concern.

On 29 November 2011, a WinACC talk given by Dr Richard McMahon, University of Cambridge, covered the practicalities of these alternative electricity sources and address the common criticisms.

Dr Richard McMahon is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. He described his research on practical ways of generating electricity from wind turbines and wave power. Dr McMahon is an electrical engineer with an interest in renewable energy generation and energy efficiency of electrical appliances.

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