WIND- Offshore


WINDFLOAT

…WindFloat is a floating support structure for offshore wind turbines with a simple, economic and patented design. The innovative features of the WindFloat dampen wave and turbine induced motion, enabling wind turbines to be sited in previously inaccessible locations where water depth exceeds 50m and wind resources are superior. Further, economic efficiency is maximized by… Watch the 2 minute video of the building of an offshore wind turbine.

WIND OFFSHORE- WINDFLOAT  http://windfloatpacific.com/

 

OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY

In the animated infographic below, you can see all the parties involved in the offshore wind energy industry.  ewea.org

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OFFSHORE WIND POWER AROUND THE WORLD

cleantechnica.com

…Why is it expected to grow so much? Because offshore wind is steadier; more consistent; and not blocked by mountains, trees, buildings, etc. Additionally, offshore wind farms can actually be built closer to most population centers than onshore wind (most people live in coastal areas now).

Offshore wind power is not in place in most countries still, but it is installed and creating electricity in some places (especially the EU) and it is expected to grow considerably in the coming years.

In Europe: Europe is the clear leader when it comes to offshore wind power (currently). 308 offshore wind turbines were installed in Europe in 2010 and total newly installed capacity ended up being 883 MW, a 51% increase from the year before. New offshore wind power…Learn more>> cleantechnica.com

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WIND OFFSHORE EU INSTALL      cleantechnica.com

UK — 1,341 MW

Denmark — 854 MW

Netherlands — 249 MW

Belgium — 195 MW

Sweden — 164 MW

Germany — 92 MW

Ireland — 25 MW

Finland — 26 MW

Norway — 2.3 MW

In 2011, offshore wind power capacity is expected to grow by around 1,000 or 1,500 MW. Currently, there are 13 European wind farms in development that, in total, are projected to have a capacity of nearly 4,000 MW. So, in total, when these are completed, installed offshore wind capacity will hit be close to 7,000 MW.

19,000 MW of offshore wind power capacity have been approved up to now. Renewable Power News reports that…Learn more>> cleantechnica.com

 

In China:  103.5 MW of offshore wind power are also in operation in China, since it’s first large-scale offshore wind project (totaling 102 MW) was completed June 8, 2010. The second 100-MW portion of this project, Shanghai’s East Sea Bridge wind farm, is supposed to start construction this year. But this 200 MW or so is nothing compared to what China has planned….Read more>>  http://cleantechnica.com/world-wind-power/3/

 

In Japan:   …It is hard to know what Japan will be focusing on in the wake of the tremendous natural disasters it has just faced and the ongoing nuclear disaster there, but some have speculated it is going to focus a lot more on renewable energy. None of Japan’s offshore turbines were harmed by the tremendous earthquake and tsunami despite some being quite close to the quake epicenter….Read more>> http://cleantechnica.com/world-wind-power/3/

 

In The United States:  Reports have found that offshore wind farms along the mid-Atlantic coast could power one-third of the US population. Of course, only with the help of an offshore electricity superhighway,… Read more>>  http://cleantechnica.com/world-wind-power/3/

WIND USA OFFSHORE CHART

 

 

 

 

FAST FACT

More than 70 percent of the nation’s electricity consumption occurs in the 28 coastal states – where most Americans live.  energy.gov

 

OFFSHORE WIND RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

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– Technology Development

– Market Acceleration

– Advanced Technology Demonstration

 

STUDY HIGHLIGHTS PROS AND CONS OF OFFSHORE WIND FARMS IN MI.

Yesterday Grand Valley State University’s West Michigan Wind Assessment group released a study about the social issues related to offshore wind, including public acceptance, visibility, noise and tourism.  Here are some of the study’s conclusions that I found interesting:…Read more>>

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FLOATING WIND TURBINES COMING TO OREGON COAST

Feb 6, 2014 |By Elizabeth Harball and ClimateWire

A demonstration floating offshore wind project in Oregon breezed over another hurdle yesterday, raising hopes that West Coast’s first offshore turbines will begin spinning before the end of the decade….Read more>>   http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/floating-wind-turbines-coming-to-oregon-coast/

 

OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY

Source: boem.gov

Offshore Wind Energy Resources

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enlarge graphic>> WIND OFFSHORE RESOURCE       boem.gov

 

Commercial Offshore Wind Energy Generation

Many countries, including the United States, have coastal areas with high wind resource potential. Worldwide there are 4.45 GW of offshore wind energy installed, with another 4.72 GW under construction and an additional 30.44 GW approved. Over 50 projects are operational in coastal waters of countries…Read more>>  

WIND NYSTED OFFSHORE   http://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy-program/renewable-energy-guide/offshore-wind-energy.aspx