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The Warsaw Voice » Business » April 2, 2008
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Why Wind Power Makes Sense
April 2, 2008   
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Prof. Jerzy Buzek, former Polish prime minister, a European parliament deputy and EP rapporteur on energy technology development:

There is no doubt that Poland has worse conditions for the development of the renewable energy sector that many other European countries. It has less sun and weaker, less stable winds. The country should use offshore winds to the maximum since inland winds are too weak to support the development of a wind energy industry on a large scale. This can be partly compensated for by technology, with appropriate wind turbines that could effectively work even in weak winds.

In Polish conditions, it is better to use offshore winds since they are more stable. That is why wind farms should be located in the sea rather than on land. However, there remains the issue of transferring the energy to the coast. What's more, wind farms should be included in the general energy network, which is difficult since the amount of energy generated by wind varies.

So Poland also has to invest in intelligent energy networks that can handle variable output from wind farms. This is a prerequisite for the success of the wind energy industry in this country. But I am convinced that this has to be pursued since wind is the biggest source of renewable energy today. It makes perfect sense to build wind farms in Poland but one should keep in mind that this will be more difficult than in countries with better natural conditions.
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