Wake loss: Stealing wind from your neighbours

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Offshore wind farms can 'steal' the capacity of other farms by up to 20 percent up to 50 kilometres away. That's why regulation will be needed in the future, says a Norwegian researcher.

Official Press Release University of Bergen:

Offshore wind farms can "steal" wind from each other

Offshore wind farms can “steal” the capacity of other farms by up to 20 percent up to 50 kilometres away, due to wake loss. The regulation is ambiguous and needs to be developed to accommodate large-scale offshore wind development in the North Sea and other ocean areas, according to PhD Candidate Eirik Finserås at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen.

Offshore wind farms can reduce the availability of downstream wind resources of other farms by as much as 20 percent within 50 kilometres, due to so-called wake effects. This is shown by interdisciplinary research from the University of Bergen (UiB). "The incentive to develop an offshore wind farm can diminish with just a five percent reduction in capacity, based on economic considerations," says PhD... ... More: Official Press Release University of Bergen

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