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OMA Plans Massive North Sea Wind Farm to Power Europe

Posted By Mike Chino On January 15, 2009 @ 5:00 am In Environment,Renewable Energy,Wind Power | 9 Comments


This week Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture [2] announced plans for an incredible array of oceanic wind farms [3] that may one day produce as much energy as the Persian Gulf. Dubbed Zeekracht [4] (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 [5] and knowledge, the plan takes a giant step towards ensuring European energy independency by 2025.

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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 [6]. OMA [7] 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 [4] 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 [8] that shelter fish and other sealife.

OMA [7] 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 [9]

+ OMA [7]

Via Dutchdfa [10]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/15/zeekracht-plans-by-oma/attachment/18400/

[2] Office for Metropolitan Architecture: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/10/ras-al-khaimah%E2%80%99s-gateway-city-to-rival-masdar/

[3] oceanic wind farms: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/02/floating-wind-turbines-in-the-north-sea/

[4] Zeekracht: http://www.zeekracht.nl/persmateriaal

[5] infrastructure: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/13/texas-to-build-wind-power-superhighway/

[6] wind farming: http://designcorner.blinkr.net/Inhabitat/2008/10/15/Ethiopia_Announces_Largest_Wind_Farm_in_Africa

[7] OMA: http://www.oma.nl/

[8] nature reserves: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/19/protecting-eroded-coastlines-with-oyster-seawalls/

[9] + Zeekracht: http://www.zeekracht.nl/

[10] Dutchdfa: http://dutchdfa.nl/detail/52/OMA_plans_for_the_North_Sea

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