World’s First Floating Wind Farm

World’s First Floating Wind Farm

Giant turbine are being stationed 15 miles off Peterhead, the north-east coast of Scotland, giving rise to a floating wind farm, says BBC News on July 23, 2017.
The Peterhead wind farm called Hywind, will is expected to power around 20,000 homes. This project is set up to harvest wind power in waters that are too deep for the conventional turbines to generate power. This will be advantageous to Japan and the west coast of the US, where waters are deep.
So far, only one giant turbine has been towed into place, while four more will soon be stationed. Turbines are mostly very expensive, however, these floating wind turbines would cost lesser.
Each tower, measures 175m in height and weighs 11,500 tons. Each blade is 75m long. The turbines can operate up to a depth of one kilometer into the water. The blades are innovatively designed to hold the tower upright by its twisting to dampen motions from the wind, waves and currents.
The crew who towed the turbines attached thick cables to tug boats and used remote-controlled submarines to check for obstacles. The turbine that is already moved, is floating on a sealed vase-like tube at a depth 78m. The bottom is filled with iron ore so as to weight the base and keeping it upright in the water.
The price of energy from offshore wind farms has fallen by 32% since 2012. This drop in price is four years ahead that the government’s target, making offshore wind more affordable than the new nuclear power.
The bird charity RSPB Scotland opposed this project as there are already many offshore turbines in the area and it fears the death of thousands of sea birds due to this.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) say that the government needs to increase its investments in new technologies to keep with its promises on reducing emissions.

You may be interested

Researchers Develop Novel Method to Fight Sepsis
Healthcare
Healthcare

Researchers Develop Novel Method to Fight Sepsis

Mohit Joshi - October 15, 2018

Researchers developed a novel method to fight sepsis, according to a study published on September 11, 2018. This study was conducted by the researchers at the Washington…

Digital Health Market Expansion to be Persistent During 2026
Business
Business

Digital Health Market Expansion to be Persistent During 2026

Albert R - October 12, 2018

"The Digital Health Market is expected to have a highly positive outlook for the next five years 2018-2026 according to a recently released Digital Health Market research…

Medical Grade Hydrogel Market Poised to Take Off by 2026
Business
Business

Medical Grade Hydrogel Market Poised to Take Off by 2026

Albert R - October 12, 2018

"The Medical Grade Hydrogel Market is expected to have a highly positive outlook for the next five years 2018-2026 according to a recently released Medical Grade Hydrogel…

Most from this category