According to a research report, Europe’s total renewable energy supply would be enough to power the whole world until 2050. The research found out that Europe’s potential wind farm energy output is around 52.5 terawatts, the equivalent of 1megawatt for every 16 people on earth. It also points out that Europe has the capacity to produce more than 100 times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore wind farms.
The research estimates that around 11 million additional wind turbines can be installed throughout Europe. While Russia and Norway have the potential to produce a greater quantity of renewable wind energy, western European reasons are also favourable because of good wind speed in those areas.
Currently, almost every European nation is pushing to phase out dirty energy sources such as coal and fufil its energy needs from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy.
The research also has come under some criticism. Responding to the critics, co-author Benjamin Sovacool said that the study is not a blueprint for development but a guide for policymakers indicating the potential of how much more can be done and where the prime opportunities exist.
According to him, the research shows that huge wind power potential exists right across Europe, which needs to be harnessed if the world needs to avert a climate catastrophe.
The data was collected through spatial analysis of Geographical Information System-based wind atlases. It showed that around 46 percent of Europe would be suitable to develop onshore wind farms.
Both the world’s largest offshore and onshore wind farms are located in Europe. While the 659MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm is located in the Irish Sea, the Fantanele-Cogealac onshore wind farm is located in southeastern Romania.