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NBC News Friday October 13, 2017
One Giant Wind Farm Could Power the Entire Planet
Oil is running out. Coal is dirty. And fracking, the process used to extract natural gas, contaminates ground water. And using any of these fossil fuels adds to the atmospheric carbon dioxide that’s warming our planet. But as this year’s historic hurricane season has shown, the world has plenty of wind. In fact, new research by scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, California suggests that one stupendous wind farm floating in the North Atlantic could capture enough energy to power the entire world. “If commercial-scale deep water wind farms became technically and economically feasible, they could potentially provide civilization-scale power,” the researchers said in a paper published recently in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. CUTTING THE DRAG - limate scientists have long known that wind speeds over the ocean average 70 percent higher than those over land. Stronger winds translate into greater power generation. The challenge facing engineers is that when turbines spin in the wind, they slow it. The resulting wind “shadow” renders nearby turbines less...Read more
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