Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture announced a plan earlier this week to build a massive offshore wind farm in the North Sea. If completed, the ring of wind parks could generate 13,400 TWh of energy and help lead to European energy independence by 2050.
OMA’s Zeekracht (sea power) master plan describes an “energy super ring” around the Netherlands that connects windmills in seven adjacent countries. The center of the ring will feature an international institute for renewable energy.
Since large scale fishing is impossible near wind parks, fish and sea life will be guaranteed shelter in what is essentially a vast nature reserve.
At this point, OMA’s plan is just that: a plan. The idea of building turbines far from the coast is one that has not been fully explored, so Zeekracht still has a long way to go before becoming a reality. But massive plans are necessary for massive goals, and support from the Netherlands’ Society for Nature and Environment as well as surrounding countries gives Zeekracht plenty of credibility.
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