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  • Sep 17, 2019

Development in floating wind farms

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Matt Chester on Sep 17, 2019

Many of the potential offshore wind project sites in the U.S. are located in deep waters, unlike much of Europe which is known for its shallow waters. Traditional fixed-bottom turbines, with a solid support structure anchored directly to the sea floor, are not feasible in waters deeper than 60 meters. Floating turbines anchored to the sea floor are attractive for deeper waters. However, as the depth increases, the cost to keep turbines anchored significantly increases due to the need for longer mooring lines to secure the floating turbine foundation to the seabed.

Important to hear and remember why floating wind platforms may be necessary, and also one of the reasons (though surely not the sole reason) why U.S. offshore wind lags way behind some of the stalwarts making great progress in Europe.

Thanks for sharing, Jochem. 

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