Sunday, July 08, 2007
Norwegian energy group Norsk Hydro and German engineering firm Siemens recently announced that they have joined forces to research and build a floating wind turbine.
Currently, windmills have to be built on land or in shallow off-shore seabed sites, where they often generate complaints that they spoil the landscape, and concerns that the turbines batter birdlife. A floating windmill could be placed far out at sea.
Basically they would be floating platforms tethered by cables engineered to be able to withstand 30 foot waves. They could be placed far out at sea away from bird flight paths and wouldn't have people bitching about their view. This is creative thinking and it's ideas like this that will help us create more uses for alternative energy sources.