Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Potential for wind energy much greater than assumed

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New calculation shows

Potential for wind energy much greater than assumed

In Switzerland, 29.5 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity could be produced from wind energy per year, 19 TWh of this in the winter months alone. The last calculation in 2012 assumed a potential of 3.7 TWh per year.

According to a study by the Federal Office of Energy, 29.5 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity could be produced from wind energy per year. For comparison: The Gösgen nuclear power plant has an annual production of around 8 TWh. (icon picture)

According to a new study, the majority of the wind energy potential is in the Mittelland with 17.5 TWh, as the Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) announced on Tuesday. More than 7.8 TWh per year could be produced in the Jura arc and in the large Alpine valleys, and more than 4.2 TWh per year in the Alpine region.

According to the SFOE, even a partial expansion of 30 percent of the entire wind energy potential – which corresponds to around 1000 turbines – could make a significant contribution to a more secure electricity supply in Switzerland and to reducing dependence on foreign countries. This partial expansion would enable wind power production of 8.9 TWh per year, of which 5.7 TWh in winter. For comparison: The Gösgen nuclear power plant has an annual production of around 8 TWh.

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