How many wind farms are needed to power the world’s major cities?

Over the last few years, GEV Wind Power has seen an exceptional amount of growth in both Europe and North America. Securing funding has helped us focus on the Ventura Habitat project for offshore wind farms, as well as building up our infrastructure in America. Wind power is truly becoming a more dominant form of energy, although we still have a long way to go.

The Power of Wind Farms

According to researchers, wind farms do have the potential to produce up to 40 times the amount of electricity that the world consumes. However, currently, just 4% of the world’s electricity is powered by wind. That same research also predicts that by 2040, a third of all global power will be from renewable energy sources, wind and solar.

Powering the World

What would it take to power some of the world’s major cities with wind? This clever infographic from RS Components gives us an insight into how many offshore wind turbines are needed to power cities around the globe. Interestingly, Tokyo will require the most offshore wind turbines at 10,310. That’s 485% of the city area required offshore, to power the entire city. New York City is in second place, followed by Seoul, Shanghai, and Los Angeles. London is also quite high up on the list, in eighth place, with 103% of the city area required.

Where does your city place on the list? Is it more or less than you expected? Please feel free to share and comment on the findings.