• Nnamdi Anyadike

Wind Power Faces Winds of Change

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The 317MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, located between 17 and 23 kilometers off the coast of North Norfolk in the UK, comprises 88 wind turbines and generates around 1.1TWh of green energy per annum.   ©Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm
The 317MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, located between 17 and 23 kilometers off the coast of North Norfolk in the UK, comprises 88 wind turbines and generates around 1.1 TWh of green energy per annum. ©Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm

As technology continues to improve and evolve, expectations are high for the continual rise of wind power as a major contributor to clean energy supply in the near future. As a non-carbon-emitting technology, wind power has a great environmental advantage over its leading fossil fuel competitors. According to the Energy Industry Review, never before have there been so many wind turbines installed around the world as there were in 2020. “In total,” the Review said, “the new equipment can produce around 114,000 megawatts (MW). Despite the pandemic, twice more wind farms have been installed compared to 2019. This corresponds to a wind farm of 13 MW installed every hour on the planet.”


In Europe, Denmark already draws 41% of its electricity from wind; followed by Ireland with 28% and Germany with