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Wind Farms In The North Atlantic Show Promise As World Energy Source

By Brian Spaen

As we move toward green energy, we have a lot to consider when it comes to what kind of approach we pursue. For example, if we focus on wind turbines, much of our land would become increasingly cluttered with the turbines themselves. This has led to the research and development of offshore wind farms, which have the potential to hold bigger turbines that can generate more power. Scientists have been studying these turbines further into the ocean, and there’s a chance they could generate enough power for the world.

Wind speeds are much faster over the ocean than they are on land. Regardless of how efficient we can make them, they would theoretically generate much more power on water. These turbines max out at 1.5 watts per square meter. This has led to an increase of offshore wind farms around the world. 

The United States has just scratched the surface of this renewable source. Block Island, which is off the coast of Rhode Island, became the first area to be fully powered by an offshore wind farm. Danish energy powerhouse Orsted, who used to go by Dong Energy, has been spearheading the efforts stateside with other projects along the East Coast.