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Large CO2 reductions via offshore wind power matched to inherent storage in energy end-uses
 

Summary: Large CO2 reductions via offshore wind power matched to inherent
storage in energy end-uses
Willett Kempton,1
Cristina L. Archer,2
Amardeep Dhanju,1
Richard W. Garvine,1
and Mark Z. Jacobson2
Received 29 August 2006; revised 5 November 2006; accepted 13 December 2006; published 24 January 2007.
[1] We develop methods for assessing offshore wind
resources, using a model of the vertical structure of the
planetary boundary layer (PBL) over water and a wind-
electric technology analysis linking turbine and tower
limitations to bathymetry and continental shelf geology.
These methods are tested by matching the winds of the
Middle-Atlantic Bight (MAB) to energy demand in the
adjacent states (Massachusetts through North Carolina,
U.S.A.). We find that the MAB wind resource can produce
330 GW average electrical power, a resource exceeding the
region's current summed demand for 73 GW of electricity,
29 GW of light vehicle fuels (now gasoline), and 83 GW of

  

Source: Archer, Cristina Lozej - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
Jacobson, Mark - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology; Geosciences; Renewable Energy