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Floating Ocean Wind Turbines Could Power The Entire World, Researchers Say

Floating Ocean Wind Turbines Could Power The Entire World, Researchers Say

This is the result of a chain of cause and effect originated by the thermal energy contained in the seawater that Atlantic currents transport north during the winter. For the regions the researchers looked at specifically, the wind speed rates were on average 70 percent higher than the wind speed rates on land were.

The study found that such a very big wind farm could capitalize on low-pressure systems throughout the winter which more efficiently combine the upper atmospheric winds with the surface level winds, producing greater yields in wind farm power generation potential.

Wind farms out at sea may be the answer to humanity's insatiable demand for energy.

Article #17-05710: "Geophysical potential for wind energy over the open oceans", by Anna Possner and Ken Caldeira. This presents an enticing opportunity for generating renewable energy through wind turbines.

Till date, the wind energy is obtained through wind turbines which convert the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical power, and then the generator converts this mechanical power to electrical.

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"The real question is can the atmosphere over the ocean move more energy downward than the atmosphere over land is able to?"

Open ocean sites thousands of kilometres from Europe or North America could hit far higher efficiency than equivalent land installations thanks to strong marine winds and optimal spacing, said the team from the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington DC.

Deep sea wind farms in North Atlantic have potential to generate enough clean electricity which could possibly meet the power requirements of the whole world, according to a new study.

In the North Atlantic, in particular, the drag introduced by wind turbines would not slow down winds as much as they would on land, the researchers found. This heats air and causes it to rise, which leads to low pressure cyclones that force the efficient transfer of kinetic energy from the upper atmosphere to the surface of the ocean. "We found that giant ocean-based wind farms are able to tap into the energy of the winds throughout much of the atmosphere, whereas wind farms onshore remain constrained by the near-surface wind resources", said co-author Anna Possner. "The advent of this innovative technology will allow us to harness powerful wind speeds at much greater depths". However, in this study, we show that considerably higher power generation rates may be sustainable over some open ocean areas.

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