5. Offshore Wind

5.6. Environmental Interactions

This page is only in English

Wind energy produces clean energy. Wind farms use only wind power to produce electrical power. There are no exhaust gases from the combustion of fossil fuels such as petroleum based fuels and gas (e.g. conventional power plants). This benefits the struggle against global warming because of the reduction in CO2 emissions, and also reduces emissions of other polluting gases such as SOx or NOx (i.e. by products of combustion).

Environmental interaction occurs with the marine life at the location of the wind farm. It is possible that the wind farm and its infrastructure may affect the ecosystem in the area. Although direct danger for marine life is not apparent, the routes of the fish and marine mammals may be affected and there is a possibility that the whole ecosystem may be disturbed. Direct danger is only evident with respect to birds and migratory birds that periodically travel though the same routes.

A general matrix of the potential key environmental interactions can be found here.

llp logoThis project has been funded with support from the European Commission (EU Lifelong Learning Programme Agreement no LLP/LdV/TOI/2009/IRL – 515). This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Aqua-RET Project © 2012. All Rights Reserved

You are here Technology Selection Technology selection 5. Offshore Wind 5.6. Environmental Interactions