The Future of Offshore Wind - Floating Wind Farms
- Sep 6, 2019 8:54 am GMT
Floating Offshore Wind Foundations unlock new renewable energy potential. Average wind speeds are higher and more consistent further from shore and around 80% of Europe’s offshore wind resources is located in waters of more than 60 meter depth, where bottom-fixed offshore wind structures are not economically attractive. This means floating offshore wind farms can produce more energy throughout the year and have high capacity factors. Some of the largest potential markets, such as Japan and the United States, possess few shallow-water sites suitable for offshore wind development. Floating foundations could be game changers for power generation from deeper waters as they eliminate the depth constraint. Floating Offshore Wind Structures also open new markets Europe (France, Norway, Spain and Portugal) for the offshore wind energy industry and allows for the harnessing of great wind resources in shallower waters (as low as 30m) where the seabed quality makes bottom fixed offshore wind economically unviable.
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