31 Jul '13, 9am

Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Could Meet EU Electricity Demands 4x Over, According To New Report

Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Could Meet EU Electricity Demands 4x Over, According To New Report

The report makes the argument that floating wind turbines — and/or other wind turbines specifically adapted to the deep waters of the North Sea — should be an important part of EU energy infrastructure in the future. According to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), regardless of development costs, floating turbines — as a result of their greatly decreased use of steel — are cost-competitive with conventional turbines that are installed in waters deeper than 50 meters. The report makes the assertion that if the right policies are put into place now — to spur the development and implementation of next-generation floating turbines — total EU offshore wind capacity could reach 150 GW by the year 2030.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/07/31/floating-offshore-win...

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