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Ocean wind power has enormous potential

The fact that ocean winds are more frequent and lot more powerful than those on land is a common fact. However, there are plenty of work ahead before we start harvesting this tremendous ocean wind power potential.

The researchers have calculated that wind turbines in the open ocean could in theory harvest more than five times as much energy as wind turbines over land. The main reason why wind power production in the deep waters of the open ocean is in its infancy of commercialization is because of high construction costs.

Lowering down the construction costs is the key ingredient of future ocean wind power commercialization. In order to achieve this science needs to come up with the low-cost technologies that could be applicable to open oceans.

Researchers at the Carnegie Institution for science have recently studied the wind power potential of the North Atlantic. Their modeling tools showed that there is an enormous wind power potential in North Atlantic and that in some areas ocean-based wind farms could generate at least three times more power than the ones on land.

They also concluded that giant ocean-based wind farms are able to tap into the energy of the winds throughout much of the atmosphere, while on the other hand wind farms on land remain constrained by the near-surface wind resources.

Their model showed that in the winter, North Atlantic wind farms could provide sufficient energy to meet all of civilization's current needs.

Offshore wind power certainly deserves high place in plans for future renewable energy development.


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