A New Perspective on an Old Vision yb Hardwo p . Han son , susan H. s k e m p , Gabriel m . a l s e n a s , a n d Camille e . Cole y enerating power for the electrical grid from wind chemical inertias can also play roles) provides the op- has become a familiar concept. On large scales, portunity for true base-load power generation that is G “wind farms” with hundreds of megawatt-level sustainable and about as green as can be imagined. turbine systems are being constructed at various breezy One mechanism for oceanic rectification is the locations around the world; on small scales, individuals generation of swell, which is particularly evident on are erecting kilowatt-scale systems on their rooftops the eastern sides of the large ocean basins; the en- to power their homes and to take advantage of “net ergy of this can be captured in a variety of ingenious metering” protocols that let them sell excess power to ways. Another mechanism is the wind-driven ocean their utility companies. However, the wind is fickle: circulation systems in the various basins. We focus even in locations with favorable wind climatologies and
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jul 1, 2010
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