What is it about?

The article explores the wind energy potential and the development of offshore wind farms as a viable solution to meet the global demand for renewable energy. With the objective of reducing reliance on fossil fuels, the study focuses on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. While inland wind farms have already been established, they have led to environmental and social issues. Thus, the research proposes offshore wind farms as a more sustainable and efficient option. The study aims to calculate the offshore wind potential and outline a design for an offshore wind farm on the northern Yucatan Peninsula and its continental shelf.

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Why is it important?

This publication is important because it addresses the pressing need to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. By focusing on wind energy potential in the Yucatecan Shelf, the study offers valuable insights into the feasibility and benefits of offshore wind farms. Exploring alternative locations becomes crucial with the environmental and social issues associated with inland wind farms. This research provides valuable information for policymakers, energy planners, and researchers interested in sustainable energy solutions for Mexico and beyond.


As a researcher involved in this publication, I am genuinely thrilled by its transformative implications for Mexico's energy landscape. When we embarked on this journey back in 2014, offshore wind farms were deemed too expensive and received limited attention from the industry and government. However, I am delighted to witness the industry's and government's shift in recognizing the advantages of offshore wind farms today.

Christian Appendini
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

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This page is a summary of: Wind energy potential assessment for Mexico's Yucatecan Shelf, Energy for Sustainable Development, June 2023, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.esd.2023.04.016.
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