Monday, 12 December 2011

Offshore Wind without the sinking feeling

The first floating offshore wind turbine has been deployed for field tests at sea.

Renewable Energy World reports that the world first is a 2MW wind turbine that can be deployed without  heavy machinery, normally associated with off-shore wind farm construction.

Special 'Windfloat' technology enables the semi-submersible structure to operate by decreasing wave and wind induced motion.

This amazing piece of engineering was constructed onshore before being towed over 217 miles out to it's resting point for trials which will include a full production capacity test.

Read more at Renewable Energy World here.

photo credit: brett marlow

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