OFFSHORE: OPEN SEAS ARE THE NEW FRONTIER IN WIND ENERGY
After fire energy and along with water energy, wind energy is the oldest form of renewable energy discovered by man.
WIND ENERGY: THE “WINDMILLS” OF THE SEA
Wind power is the process of utilising wind to generate mechanical or electrical energy. Today wind power is transformed into energy through power stations, while originally it was used directly as a motive power, for example, in windmills.
Human beings have always exploited wind power. Sailors used the wind to navigate the seas, farmers used windmills to grind grain and supply water pumps for livestock. Now, modern technology allows us to generate clean and renewable energy from offshore windfarms.
Offshore wind turbines are already used successfully in Europe and other parts of the world. Open sea winds are generally more reliable and stronger than land winds. Exploiting the power of offshore winds will help Italy achieve its renewable energy objectives without using more land, building an energy economy that is modern and clean, while ensuring healthy and sustainable communities.
Governments around the world are working to reduce carbon emissions and renouncing fossil fuels such as coal and oil. Offshore windfarms are an excellent source of clean and reliable renewable energy, and the wind that blows off the Italian coast is a vast source of untapped energy.
Italians are demanding cleaner and more sustainable choices to meet their electricity needs. Wind power has zero emissions and carries no threat of toxic spills or dangerous explosions.
SUSTAINABILITY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
Italians want healthy, safe and dynamic communities, and an offshore windfarm can help realise this sustainable future. Replacing power stations that burn fossil fuels with clean, offshore windfarms will help improve the air we breathe and provide modern work opportunities for the 21st-century economy.
The sites for offshore windfarms are subject to rigorous environmental reviews to protect birdlife, marine species and the habitat. We are committed to running the farm in a way that is efficient, and respectful of the sea and marine ecosystems. Offshore wind power is a truly a source of responsible, renewable and sustainable energy to meet Italy’s needs.
EMPLOYMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
Offshore windfarms will create and support highly skilled jobs – engineers, building contractors, surveyors, scientists and craftspeople - at a local and national level. Offshore wind projects can help revitalise multiple manufacturing sectors and ports in the areas concerned, and will be an incredible driving force for the creation of entire value chains and the premise of supporting a stable, qualified workforce for decades.
Offshore wind energy already employs tends of thousands of workers in Europe. Wind energy projects generally need hundreds of different products and components. A skilled workforce is needed to construct, assemble and maintain wind turbines and the infrastructures that support them.