Researchers force injecting offshore wind power into the U.S. electrical grid. This is to reduce pollution and costs from fossil fuel resources.
Researchers believe that it would be much beneficial if large amounts of offshore wind power will be injected into the U.S. electrical grid. According to Science Daily, the use of offshore wind power is better compared to fossil fuel sources.
These researchers from University of Delaware and Princeton University have already completed the first-of-its-kind stimulation with the electric power industry. Through this, they were able to find out that offshore wind power reduces power costs as well as pollution.
In a report published by Offshore Wind Journal, the researchers consulted PJM Interconnection. PJM Interconnection is a company which supplies electricity to more than 60 million people in 14 states.
With the team of researchers and the PJM Interconnection, a computer model was developed to show how the process would go. One challenge is how they can integrate increasing amounts of naturally fluctuating offshore wind that would deliver a 24/7 power source.
Eventually, the team of researchers is planning to upgrade the transmission lines without the need for additional storage. To be exact 35 billion watts for 10 million homes or twice of the amount with the help of PJM Interconnection.
Associate Professor, Cristina Archer said, "Our goal was to replicate this very human-made energy system under all kinds of scenarios." However, the uncertainty of winds will require the researchers to develop a more stable system for the spinning functions.
Eventually, to test the benefits of the offshore wind power, the first U.S. offshore wind farm was built at Block, Island, Rhode Island. Five wind turbines that would generate a capacity of 30 megawatts was planned to complete. There are already two of these wind turbines built at the area.
The replacement of fossil fuel resources to offshore wind power would certainly lower consumer's electricity costs as well as reduce pollution. "Wind power is a very good idea- for people's health and their wallets," researcher Cristina Archer said.