Experts say wind energy industry is growing

Lack of space, lack of usable water and lack of energy are the three major problems facing the world today, according to the chief information officer the world’s largest wind energy company.”I think we easily can solve the two first ones,” Torben Bonde, CIO of Vestas Wind Systems, told students and faculty Friday. “There’s a lot of space. Just look out the window, there should be plenty of room for all of us. Water, there’s also a lot of water. We just have to find the technology to make sure we can use all the water around us in the best way. The real challenge is energy.”According to figures from the American Wind Energy Association Website, the U.S. has the wind resource potential to generate more than 14.5 million gigawatts of energy each year. Though, currently it produces only 43,461 gigawatts. Utilizing untapped wind resources could create a significant bump in global job growth, according to a statement posted on the Global Wind Energy Council website, which states that the wind energy industry employed more than 400,000 jobs worldwide in 2008, and by 2020 could employ more than 2.2 million workers. Bonde said he also expects the industry to grow. By 2015, he said the Denmark-based company Vestas aims to increase its yearly revenue by more than 8 billion euros, to 15 billion euros. To meet this goal, he said, the company will seek help from students in a variety of disciplines. “It’s a fast-moving industry, so as a graduate, a freshman, you have a possibility also to get on the fast track, because there’s really some, some new things coming up here. You’re not going into something where there maybe already be a lot of people.”

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