Fossil fuels have become the most commonly used source of energy, not because of their efficiencies, but primarily due to the ease in extracting the energy from the source and the seemingly endless supply. Arguably other factors outside the energy source itself have a significant influence on the buoyancy of the industry, but those factors are not the focus of this text. The big question is, are we running out of energy? And the answer is a resounding, no. The current energy crisis from a simplistic view can be divided into four components:
- security of supply
- environmental impact
- energy consumption
- growth in energy consumption
The concept of large scale wind farms is to augment existing supplies. The concept in wind farming is to harvest the wind to its maximum potential, which is utilising all of the wind captured in the farming region and to take up as much of the utility load that is possible, without loss of supply integrity. This differs from most line generators where the aim is to minimise fuel use and spinning reserve. There is a number of practical limitations, primarily, dynamic stability off the grid, which limits the percentage of wind energy which can be applied to the grid at any one time. Modern technology and developments are pushing these boundaries promising new horizons.
A story not for the faint hearted
The Mediterranean coastline of Turkey is one of those idyllic locations like you would see in a James Bond movie. The flashy boat’s, seeped in opulence, the beautiful deep crystal, blue, sea and the sunlit shoreline, sending sparkles, like diamonds across the water. At each anchorage, wafts the fragrant aromas of Turkish cooking, concealing the salty, sea air. All the while the waves smearing the shore in resonances with the chorus of seagulls, engendering a feeling of peacefulness and relaxation in a haze of friendly banter.
What you don’t see lurking in the background is unfortunately a high level of water born pollutants, including not only junk, plastic bags but sometimes, human waste.