30 Apr '13, 12pm

MIT’s Innovative Floating Wind Energy Storage Technology #cleantech

MIT’s Innovative Floating Wind Energy Storage Technology #cleantech

Following up on an innovative floating wind energy storage technology we covered some time back, here’s a post from MIT itself on details and news about this technology . By David L. Chandler Offshore wind could provide abundant electricity — but as with solar energy, this power supply can be intermittent and unpredictable. But a new approach from researchers at MIT could mitigate that problem, allowing the electricity generated by floating wind farms to be stored and then used, on demand, whenever it’s needed. The key to this concept is the placement of huge concrete spheres on the seafloor under the wind turbines. These structures, weighing thousands of tons apiece, could serve both as anchors to moor the floating turbines and as a means of storing the energy they produce. Whenever the wind turbines produce more power than is needed, that power would be diverted to drive...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/04/30/mits-innovative-float...

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