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Engineering360: "Watch: the World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm is Now Operational"

09/10/2018 2:18 PM

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09/11/2018 10:32 AM

55 square miles for less than 1 gigawatt, that's quite a footprint....

..."Specifically, this report finds that coal, natural gas, and nuclear power all feature the smallest physical footprint of about 12 acres per megawatt produced. Solar and wind are much more land intensive technologies using 43.5 and 70.6 acres per megawatt, respectively.Jun 24, 2017"...

https://www.strata.org/pdf/2017/footprints-full.pdf

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09/11/2018 10:51 AM

US consumes about 30 PWh per year....

30 Petawatt Hour
= 30,000,000,000 Megawatt Hour X 55 acres per megawatt = 1,650,000,000,000 acres...

..."An overview of U.S. land mass shows that while the U.S. has 2.3 billion acres of land, 375 million acres are in Alaska and not suitable for agricultural production. The land area of the lower 48 states is approximately 1.9 billion acres. (California is 103 million acres, Montana 94 million acres, Oregon 60 million acres and Maine 20 million acres.)Rural and residential land is only a tiny slice (about 7 percent) of the total U.S. land mass."...

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09/11/2018 11:06 AM

We seem to be 1647.7 billion acres short....

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01/27/2019 12:28 AM

Solar Eagle,

Your answer to most questions on the forum are usually among the best, You need to check your math on your comment there are 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year--- and while the wind does not blow on all days and every hour -- if you have ever been in the North Atlantic you would find it blows a lot of them there...

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