The London Economic
Jul 26, 2021
Europe has the potential to produce more than 100 times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore wind farms.
British and Danish researchers found that the continent could produce more than 100 times the energy it currently does from wind farms. They identified three times as many areas suitable for turbines than previous studies.
The study from the University of Sussex and Aarhus University indicate that Europe has the potential to supply enough energy to the whole world for the next 30 years. They said more than 11 million additional wind turbines could be installed over 1.2 million acres of suitable terrain. This would generate 497 exajoule (EJ) of power – 67EJ more than the expected energy demand expected by 2050. Turkey, Russia, and Norway have the greatest capacity for future wind power density, according to the study.
Large parts of Western Europe were also considered good lands for further onshore farms because of favourable wind speeds and flat areas. Study co-author Professor Benjamin Sovacool, of the University of Sussex, said: “Obviously, we are not saying that we should install turbines in all the identified sites but the study does show the huge wind power potential right across Europe which needs to be harnessed if we’re to avert a climate catastrophe.
Our study suggests that the horizon is bright for the onshore wind sector and that European aspirations for a 100 per cent renewable energy grid are within our collective grasp technologically.” Studies like these are like a ray of hope , they prove that a cleaner, greener future is possible.
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