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The answer to AI’s energy needs could be blowing in the wind

The Riffgat offshore wind farm, around 15 kilometers north of the island of Borkum. | Photo: Getty Images

Data centers and offshore wind farms could prove to be a perfect pair as AI grows increasingly energy-hungry.

Many of the companies racing to roll out new generative AI tools have also made big commitments to rein in their greenhouse gas emissions. A rush of new AI data centers could throw those climate goals off — unless they find a clean source of energy.

Conveniently, some of the quirks with AI data centers make them a good match for wind farms at sea. And the offshore wind industry, which has already cozied up with Big Tech, could certainly use a boost as it looks ahead to more uncertain economic waters.

“Data centers and AI … We are excited about that opportunity,” Mads Nipper, CEO of leading offshore wind developer Ørsted, said…

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