Event Title

Offshore Wind Energy Potential in the Gulf of Maine

Presenter Information

Peter Reiley, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:00 PM

Project Type

Poster

Description

The Gulf of Maine has enough wind energy potential to supply the state with 70 times the amount of energy it currently uses annually. In comparing three separate wind farms: Nysted in Denmark, Cape Wind in Nantucket Sound and the DeepCwind proposal in the Gulf of Maine, it is clear that there is a significant opportunity to develop offshore wind energy in Maine. Each marine environment has a substrate of fine-grained glacial deposits, consistent winds, relatively calm seas and high electric demands. Denmark has shown how successful offshore wind energy can be and now the United States has taken notice, developing their own major projects in Cape Cod and the Gulf of Maine.

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Geology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Natural Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

416

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Offshore Wind Energy Potential in the Gulf of Maine

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

The Gulf of Maine has enough wind energy potential to supply the state with 70 times the amount of energy it currently uses annually. In comparing three separate wind farms: Nysted in Denmark, Cape Wind in Nantucket Sound and the DeepCwind proposal in the Gulf of Maine, it is clear that there is a significant opportunity to develop offshore wind energy in Maine. Each marine environment has a substrate of fine-grained glacial deposits, consistent winds, relatively calm seas and high electric demands. Denmark has shown how successful offshore wind energy can be and now the United States has taken notice, developing their own major projects in Cape Cod and the Gulf of Maine.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/334