Saturation wind power potential and its implications for wind energy

  title={Saturation wind power potential and its implications for wind energy},
  author={Mark Z. Jacobsona and Cristina L. Archerb},
  • Mark Z. Jacobsona, Cristina L. Archerb
  • Published 2012
Wind turbines convert kinetic to electrical energy, which returns to the atmosphere as heat to regenerate some potential and kinetic energy. As the number of wind turbines increases over large geographic regions, power extraction first increases linearly, but then converges to a saturation potential not identified previously from physical principles or turbine properties. These saturation potentials are >250 terawatts (TW) at 100 m globally, approximately 80 TW at 100 m over land plus coastal… CONTINUE READING
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