Learn about nonrenewable and renewable energy sources currently available in North Carolina, and then find out how scientists in the state are testing strategies for harvesting renewable energy from the Atlantic Ocean.
There are more than 2,300 wind turbines spinning away and creating energy off the coasts of 11 European countries. A large number of those turbines are located in the North and Irish seas. One reason for that is because the winds blowing across those bodies of water are not only strong but also sustained.
It’s the same reason wind energy companies are eyeing the North Carolina coast as a possible location for wind farms. But that begs the question: just how much wind does a wind farm, or at least a wind turbine, need?