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One Floating Wind Turbine Good, Two Floating Wind Turbines Better
Installation of offshore wind turbines: A technical review
A Norwegian Greentech company has recently unveiled its new 1,foot m tall, floating wind turbine array. Called "Wind Catcher", this innovation in renewable energy generation could be used to power as many as 80, homes. The system has been developed by the Norwegian-based Wind Catching Systems WCS , who declare that their new wind turbine setup could generate five times the annual energy of the world's biggest standalone wind turbines. Not only that, but if scaled, it could reduce the costs of wind energy to be competitive with traditional grid-supplied electricity. The entire frame sits upon a large floating platform that would be moored to the seafloor when deployed in real life using existing practices mastered by the oil and gas industry for their offshore platforms. This also means you could get the same, or similar, "bang for your buck" with fewer "Wind Catcher" turbines than conventional ones.
Meet 'Wind Catcher': A 1,000-ft Tall Multi-Rotor Offshore Turbine
Text version. Over 26, megawatts MW of planned offshore wind capacity exists in the offshore wind development pipeline. Rapidly falling technology costs for offshore wind, including floating offshore wind technology, have aided the growth of this pipeline and promise to help wind become a significant part of the power mix in coastal communities. More than individuals from universities, research institutions, government, regulatory and legislative bodies, NGOs, investment organizations, and electric utilities attended. Not only can wind turbines float, but they are growing in popularity.
Floating turbines at the Hywind Scotland project in the North Sea. In windswept northern Scotland, where abundant wind arrays both on land and off the coast vie for limited space, the distant location of the five towering foot-tall turbines , 15 miles offshore, is just one novelty of this renewable energy project. Proponents say the technology heralds a new generation of green energy. In Europe, where the density of onshore and near-shore wind turbines in places like Germany, the United Kingdom, and Norway has spurred increasing opposition to new arrays, the floating turbines can be installed over the horizon, out of sight of coastal residents.