…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.
OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY
In the animated infographic below, you can see all the parties involved in the offshore wind energy industry. ewea.org
OFFSHORE WIND POWER AROUND THE WORLD
…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
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.
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/
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
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>>
FLOATING WIND TURBINES COMING TO OREGON COAST
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
Offshore Wind Energy Resources
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>>