- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -
OMA Plans Massive North Sea Wind Farm to Power Europe
Posted By Mike Chino On January 15, 2009 @ 5:00 am In Renewable Energy,Wind Power | 9 Comments
This week Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture  announced plans for an incredible array of oceanic wind farms  that may one day produce as much energy as the Persian Gulf. Dubbed Zeekracht  (sea power), the masterplan comprises a massive ring of wind farms centered around the Netherlands that spans seven adjacent countries. By calling for such a large network of communal infrastructure  and knowledge, the plan takes a giant step towards ensuring European energy independency by 2025.
Thanks to its high and constant wind speeds, shallow waters, and cutting-edge renewable industries, the North Sea is one of the world’s most suitable areas for large scale wind farming . OMA  states that “The potential magnitude of renewable energy in the North Sea in fact, approaches that of fossil fuel production in the Persian Gulf states today.”
The firm’s Zeekracht  masterplan calls for a massive communal wind power infrastructure focused in an “Energy Super-Ring” around the Netherlands. The plan’s components include a Production Belt, which covers clean tech research and manufacturing, and an International Research Center that promotes cooperation, innovation, and development. Since large scale fishing is impossible in the vicinity of a windmill field, the areas will also be effectively converted into nature reserves  that shelter fish and other sealife.
OMA  states: “With its history, its ingenuity, its collective spirit, and its optimal geography, the Netherlands is poised to play a leading role in the development of the North Sea. Through policy and action, it could demonstrate the potential of individuals and nations to build towards a highly productive, cooperative and sustainable future – on land and sea.”
+ Zeekracht 
+ OMA 
Via Dutchdfa 
Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com
URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/zeekracht-plans-by-oma/
URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/15/zeekracht-plans-by-oma/attachment/18400/
 Office for Metropolitan Architecture: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/10/ras-al-khaimah%E2%80%99s-gateway-city-to-rival-masdar/
 oceanic wind farms: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/02/floating-wind-turbines-in-the-north-sea/
 Zeekracht: http://www.zeekracht.nl/persmateriaal
 infrastructure: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/13/texas-to-build-wind-power-superhighway/
 wind farming: http://designcorner.blinkr.net/Inhabitat/2008/10/15/Ethiopia_Announces_Largest_Wind_Farm_in_Africa
 OMA: http://www.oma.nl/
 nature reserves: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/19/protecting-eroded-coastlines-with-oyster-seawalls/
 + Zeekracht: http://www.zeekracht.nl/
 Dutchdfa: http://dutchdfa.nl/detail/52/OMA_plans_for_the_North_Sea
Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.