11 May '12, 4am

Offshore Wind Energy Picking Up Speed | Care2 Causes

Offshore Wind Energy Picking Up Speed | Care2 Causes

“In the North Sea alone we have a potential to economically exploit the offshore resources to cover seven times Europe’s total energy consumption. We wouldn’t have to import fuel if we can tap into that.” Christian Kjaer, chief executive at the European Wind Energy Association, is not talking about deep sea drilling, but offshore wind turbines, which have doubled their total power production over the past three years to 866 megawatts, MarketWatch reports . Though offshore wind farms are still outnumbered by their land-based equivalents, they are growing at an accelerated rate.Wind turbines need to be placed in areas that have a fairly consistent current of usable wind. Large flat expanses, like prairies, are best, though nothing is flatter than a body of water. Of course, farms still need to be near enough to shore that power can easily reach land. The majority of offshore...

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