Back in 2017, the world’s first floating wind farm has been generating enough power for 20,000 homes and more up to date. It all started with Scotland’s international reputation as being passionate in using renewable energy. The 5 giant turbines are tethered to the seabed 15 miles from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.
Now, there’s a new research project that is estimating the number of energy that should be generated in order to provide power to major cities. This opportunity gives leaders and citizens new data to be able to assess their options for renewable energy. In which hopefully, they would decide to develop in the near future.
According to researchers, wind farms have the potential to produce up to 40 times the electricitythe world consumes. The only question is, how come only 4% of the world’s electricity come fromthese wind farms? We could have all those surplus energies and possibly power carbon removal technologies with all of the excesses. Not only that, but we could also eliminate trillions of excess CO2 from the atmosphere.
It is predicted that by 2040, there will be an improved infrastructure that could drive wind power costs to a new low. One-third of power is expected to come from wind and solar by this time.
Another good news about wind and solar energy is that it requires no water to operate. Which means that there are no chances for it to pollute water resources nor to strain the water supply by competing with agriculture, drinking water, and other things. In comparison to fossil fuel that can have a big impact on water and air resource because of pollution.
“The price of energy from bottom-standing offshore wind farms has plummeted 32% since 2012 - far faster that anyone predicted. The price is now four years ahead of the government's expected target, and another big price drop is expected, taking offshore wind to a much lower price than new nuclear power.” According to BBC news.
Below are the major cities that need the most wind turbines as a source of energy:
- Tokyo, Japan, needs 10,310 offshore wind turbines.
- New York City, U.S., needs 3,687 offshore wind turbines.
- Seoul, South Korea, needs 3,644 offshore wind turbines.
- Shanghai, China, needs 3,304 offshore wind turbines.
- Los Angeles, U.S., needs 1,818 offshore wind turbines.
Here are the cities that has the biggest offshore areas in which wind turbines are needed to power them:
- Tokyo, Japan, would need 10,620 km2 of space to power the city with wind turbines.
- New York City, U.S., would need 3,797 km2 of space to power the city with wind turbines.
- Seoul, South Korea, would need 3,752 km2 of space to power the city with wind turbines.
- Shanghai, China, would need 3,402 km2 of space to power the city with wind turbines.
- Los Angeles, U.S., would need 1,872 km2 of space to power the city with wind turbines.
As we all know, air and water pollution that’s emitted by coal and natural gas plants have been linked to a lot of health problems among people aside from the obvious effects of global warmingt hat we’re seeing more and more of. If countries switch to renewable energy sources that are harvested in an eco-friendly way, we may be able to save the environment before the damage is fully irreversible.