06 Jan '12, 4pm

Floating the Future of Offshore Wind: Disruptive technologies are like the weather: Lots of talk and little ac...

Floating the Future of Offshore Wind: Disruptive technologies are like the weather: Lots of talk and little ac...

Photo courtesy of Principle Power Disruptive technologies are like the weather: Lots of talk and little action. But Principle Power has a disruptive floating wind turbine technology and a prototype in the water generating electricity. It's a “paradigm shift in the approach to offshore wind,” said Principle Power Chief Business Development Officer Craig Andrus, “because it opens up a footprint that right now is not available.” Incumbent offshore wind technology is limited to fixed platforms and 50-meter depths, while it faces increased opposition because of environmental impacts . Principle Power’s WindFloat, Andrus said, resolves the depth limitation and “mitigates many of the issues and some of the risks.” Because it is “structurally decoupled from the sea floor,” Andrus explained, “there are significantly reduced environmental impacts during deployment, little harm to th...

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