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A Revised Link for the Swedish Offshore Wind Report

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Regular viewers of Energy Central will have seen the article on an offshore wind report developed at Stockholm University.  Lena Kautsky was identified as being one of the authors of the report, and there are several others.  The particular Energy Central article, which provided the interesting English summary, was at 

https://energycentral.com/news/stockholm-university-new-report-effects-offshore-windfarms-marine-life

This article noted that the wind platforms could be reconfigured to support underwater life, including fish, and porpoises, and sessile filter feeding animals.  

If you follow up on the report, at 

you will see the sentence "The windfarms can be built with structures that promotes biodiversity – layers of stones and boulders, holes to live or hide in."  So this idea could be important in making offshore wind more friendly to the existing underwater life and minimizing environmental disruptions - albeit at a cost.  

In trying to follow up on the report, by clicking the suggested link, at 

http://file///Users/jeol2081/Downloads/978-91-620-7049-6.pdf

one gets the message, "Hmm. We’re having trouble finding that site."

Lena Bergstrom, who is one of the other authors of the report, has written,

Dear Julian

Thank you for your interest in the report. Does this link work?

https://www.naturvardsverket.se/om-oss/publikationer/7000/978-91-620-7049-6/

Best regards, Lena

This link works, and directs you to the report.  The report is 114 pages (including the summary).  The English summary listed in the Energy Central article is on pp. 9-11, and is relatively thorough.  No specific cases of improved construction are cited in the summary, however.

One term may be unknown to other readers besides me.  It is "benthic" - "The term benthic refers to anything associated with or occurring on the bottom of a body of water. The animals and plants that live on or in the bottom are known as the benthos. In ocean waters, nearshore and estuary areas are most frequently mapped."

Given the significant offshore wind increases currently planned, this report may warrant translation into English in its entirety.

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Jim Stack on Jun 15, 2022

Off shore wind is very steady and robust. Learning from these studies will make it even better. It could even reduce storm damage on shore breaking the high winds or other things not yet studied. 

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