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Tuesday22 August 2017

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OMA’s Zeekracht North Sea wind farm masterplan offers promise of European energy independence

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OMA has developed a masterplan for an offshore wind farm in the North Sea. If built, the giant Zeekracht wind facility could give Europe energy independence.

Commissioned by the Netherlands’ Society for Nature & Environment (Natuur en Milieu), the masterplan outlines locations for a ring of wind parks in the North Sea that could generate 13,400TW hours of energy, while a new international institute for renewable energy would sit at the centre of the network.

As fishing with within a wind farm site is not allowed, links between the windmills would create areas of shelter for marine wildlife and space for artificial reefs.

OMA’s vision would see all seven countries on the coastline around the sea sharing, distributing and trading electricity.

If the plan goes ahead, the society estimates that Europe could achieve energy independence from Russia and the Gulf states by 2050.

The Netherlands’ Society for Nature & Environment said: “The Zeekracht masterplan’s strength lies in its combination of current scientific knowledge with a strong vision of the future.

“Small, short-term instruments such as subsidies need to be replaced by long-term investment that delivers financial and ecological profit, as well as more energy independence.”

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  • funny, no birds, I wonder why.

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  • Please use proper physical units. Saying that a windpark generates so-and-so much watt-hours is meaningless unless you add a duration: per day? per year? per second?

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  • We need windpower from the sea, but OMA does not tell the community that wind from onshore windturbines cost only 30% of the price of these sea windparks. OMA or the greenies are not going to pay this difference. Their aim may well be to conquer the enclosed piece of the North Sea. So, we need windparks at sea, but we also need to be aware of the factor 3 difference in economics. Further more, it would be far better for the reliability to include the irisch sea and britsh west coast. The North sea is too small and production will suffer periods of less wind too often

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  • IT is weird that birds in this Picture all thje birds are below the wind turbines.

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  • The artificial reefs and lack of fishing will increase the fish stocks, which will attract large numbers of birds, many of which will be killed by the turbines. And how will the 'sharing, distribution and trading' of electricity be done fairly?

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