25 Apr '11, 12pm

Offshore Wind Turbines Could Cost 30% Less, Say Rolls Royce, E.ON and BP

The Energy Technologies Institute has completed its third offshore wind energy project, has found that offshore wind energy costs could be cut 30% or more, and intends to build an innovative offshore wind demonstrator project this year. The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) recently brought together E.ON (a major energy company in Europe), BP, power systems and engineering experts at Rolls-Royce, and the University of Strathclyde for a project called "Helm Wind." The project's goal: create offshore wind turbines made for offshore wind, so that wind energy costs can be cut and electricity can be cheaper (and cleaner). "Offshore wind turbines have generally been designed for onshore use and then adapted for deployment at sea," ETI writes . "This has led to high capital and operational costs, reliability issues and a cost of energy that is higher than from onshore turbines....

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