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Lab studies offshore wind as valuable energy source

 

Narrator:       This is Science Today. The state of California currently gets about 5 percent of its electricity from wind power, which is generated from turbines situated within windy mountain passes throughout the state. But scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are looking to harness deep sea offshore wind as a valuable energy source.

Roberts:        When you think about wind energy, the development of the offshore resource is very important. Offshore, the resource is larger, the wind is more consistent, consistently blows harder and it could provide a lot of energy.

Narrator:       Lab geophysicist Jeff Roberts says they're partnering with a Norwegian company to develop a scale model that can be tested in various areas throughout the world, including off the coast of California.

Roberts:        What Livermore researchers are doing is working very hard at characterizing the resources both offshore and onshore to identify the areas where the most potential exists. So, if you can identify those when you do put up a turbine, you'll get the most energy out of it. I don't know if we have a specific site identified yet and so the timeline is a little bit uncertain.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.