The latest news is that the worldwide wind potential is 72 terawatts.
A record higher than what we believed until then. For Stanford University, at the origin of this calculation, it would be enough to exploit a small part of these resources, about 20%, to meet the electricity needs of the planet.
In 2000, for example, world electricity consumption was around 1,7 terawatt.
Established to identify the most promising wind farms and optimize the international implantation of propellers, this unique wind map integrates data from 8 anemometers around the globe. In addition to the measurements taken at the surface of the ground or the oceans, the study includes the readings of 000 weather balloons left at an altitude of 500 meters, ie the average height of rotation of the wind turbines.
According to this veritable atlas of air currents, it is in the North Sea, in the region of the great lakes of North America, at the tip of South America and in Tasmania that the strongest winds are found. It remains to locate the power plants.