10 Oct '17, 9pm

Offshore wind farms could power all of human civilization | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Offshore wind farms could power all of human civilization | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Solar energy is the renewable that's usually heralded as having the greatest potential to scale up to civilization-level production. But new research looking at the amount of wind energy available for harvest over our oceans is an exciting reminder that wind power needs to be part of the equation too. In fact, according to the study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, there's enough energy over the oceans to power all of human civilization with wind alone, reports The Washington Post . To harvest that power, we would need to cover enormous stretches of the sea with turbines, a monumental engineering feat that would also have real environmental consequences. So while actually powering human civilization with wind power alone is probably impractical, the study demonstrates that floating wind farms have an immense untapped potential. “I ...

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