INTO THE DEEP: FLOATING OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES

Posted by: SmartPlanet.com                              Author: Melissa Mahony

The Vestas V80 turbine will have a capacity of 2 megawatts. The platforms can apparently keep a 5 megawatt turbine steady in water depths up to 164 feet.

The Portuguese coast may be the site of the first ever floating offshore wind turbines. If all goes well, the wind industry could embark into deeper and windier seas. Vestas, a Danish company that has installed about half the world’s more ‘traditional’ offshore wind farms, has agreed to supply Energias de Portugal (EDP) with a single turbine to test the waters for floating turbines.

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