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UK based offshore wind & hydrogen corporate advisor and trainer; Faculty member World Hydrogen Leaders. Delivering global hydrogen and offshore wind corporate investment advice, business...

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Floating wind 

"It is better to convert offshore wind energy into hydrogen through electrolysis at the source at sea, rather than on shore" said Bram Albers, principal at Roland Berger's Amsterdam office.

At higher volumes it is cheaper to transport energy in molecular form through a pipeline than as electrons through a cable. The energy could also be stored as hydrogen in salt caverns and depleted gas fields, the study found.

A single pipeline can land as much energy as 10 power lines or more, avoiding “time-consuming consultations” for additional cable landings in vulnerable coastal areas.

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merahi reda on Jun 30, 2021

Floating wind turbine technology is another ambitious area to diversify renewable energy sources and also can help in accelerating the energy transition. but if the price of transprt of electric energy by the floating wind turbines is less expensive, the operation and the maintence O&M of these units are very expensive compared by on shore.

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Matt Chester on Jun 30, 2021

O&M costs may increase, but the appeal of offshore is also that they are able to generate greater quantities of energy on a more reliable basis-- the intermittency is the Achilles heel of onshore wind, so finding higher speed, more regular winds offshore are likely worth the costs. Of course, the economics of offshore wind farms are accounted for before any projects are installed, and so far it continues to make financial sense to do so

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