Offshore Wind Could Power the World (MAP)

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Of course, the political practicality of using all the coastline in the map below for offshore wind power is a limiting factor, but it would certainly be better than oil spills and global warming swallowing our coastal cities (where more than half the world’s population now live), wouldn’t it?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we powered at least a significant portion of the world with the offshore wind power potential depicted in this map:

Source: LAGI (via a kind reader)

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6 thoughts on “Offshore Wind Could Power the World (MAP)

  • Amazing what the potential is compared to what the deniers say we CAN NOT do. 20%, off-shore, 20% on-shore, 20% Solar, 10% Geo, 10% hydro, 10% bio
    We can do this by 2040…IF we decide to.

  • That’s amazing… to think that to power all the worlds’ economies… all the computers, machines, gadgets, etc., all we need is wind.

    I’d be a little hesitant to install the section off the coast of Australia because of the Great Barrier Reef (a world heritage site), but instead, we could complement all this with squares of solar in Mexico, the lower U.S., India, Australia – and most importantly, the Sahara.

    • yeah, we could drop a huge portion of those sites and add solar, onshore wind, geothermal, etc.

  • I’ll note that the sites marked on the map aren’t necessarily the best sites for offshore wind, it just shows the area required. The turbines don’t actually have to be in those locations.

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