COLOMBIA: Ørsted with intentions of offshore wind projects in the Caribbean
According to Portafolio, the Danish company Ørsted based in Fredericia, Denmark, communicated to the Colombian National Government its intention to develop offshore wind projects in the waters of the Caribbean Sea.
This company, named after the Danish physicist Hans Christian Ørsted, has three entities in the wind energy sector: Offshore, Onshore and Markets and Bioenergy. Today Ørsted supplies green energy to more than 15 million people, making them world leaders in wind energy, especially offshore wind.
With the ambition to increase its number to 30 million people supplied with energy and 15 gigawatts (Gw) of capacity by 2025, Ørsted builds and operates offshore wind farms in Denmark, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan and the United States.
Colombia is in readiness to take the next step in the development of non-conventional renewable energy sources, since the shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea in the short term would become the new place to develop two offshore wind energy projects (offshore ).
In addition of the shallow waters in the regions of La Guajira and Magdalena, for the development of ‘offshore’ wind projects, in the Atlantic region Ørsted’s intention to develop these unconventional clean source initiatives is gaining ground.
According to preliminary studies carried out by the Colombian government, the wind potential in the region and especially in the waters of the Caribbean Sea is highly favorable for the development of this type of project.
If this type of clean energy projects were developed in these waters, energy would be produced at a higher amperage, since it is estimated that the wind has a speed of one meter per second (1 m / s) above coastal areas, since there are no obstacles preventing the air currents from cutting off.
Another advantage of offshore wind farms is that, being close to urban centers, energy reaches more people, thus satisfying their main needs.
However, offshore wind farms also have some disadvantages since the investment and maintenance cost are higher than those of a wind power plant installed on land, in addition to the process to obtain their environmental license.