Across and around this vast country of ours the winds of change are blowing. The Europe, the USA, Canada, China and India have all embraced a wind propelled energy future. Yet again we are lagging behind, but with over 50 wind farms and more planned, it is clear that Australia has the potential to become a major player in wind power generation and reliance if we can make our voices heard in support of this ancient, quiet and beautiful renewable energy.
Australia has some of the best wind resources in the world. Australia’s wind energy resources are located mainly in the southern parts of the continent (which lie in the path of the westerly wind flow known as the ‘roaring 40s’) and reach a maximum around Bass Strait .
While the majority of areas in locations convenient for electricity transfer to the grid are located onshore, offshore sites have also been identified as having significant potential for wind energy, both to take advantage of increased wind speeds and to increase the number of available sites. Offshore locations also help reduce turbulence and hence stress on machine components. There have been wind turbines deployed in shallow seas off northern Europe for more than a decade. Offshore sites can make an increasingly significant contribution to electricity generation if there are difficulties in gaining access to onshore sites.
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