Putting Wind Farms in the Ocean Could Power All of Humanity, Study Shows

Global Citizen

When it comes to renewable energy development, the ocean is a largely untapped resource because of the sheer logistical difficulties of operating deep at sea.

A team of researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science, however, wanted to put a number on this potential — and what they found is truly oceanic.

In fact, the team found that if wind farms were established far out in the North Atlantic, enough energy could be cultivated to supply all of humanity’s electricity needs.

That’s because wind over the ocean is 70% stronger than wind over land and wind is replenishable at sea, unlike over land.

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