08 Mar '12, 12pm

Floating Wind Turbines May Be Coming Soon to a Beach Near You

Floating Wind Turbines May Be Coming Soon to a Beach Near You

Offshore wind turbines are placed to take advantage of strong, steady coastal winds. Their placement is in one way ideal – dependable energy, and lots of it – but it’s also not exactly easy to build a turbine tower in several feet of moving water. The current standard solution is to build big solid platforms that “trick” the turbine into thinking it’s still on land, but it’s not a perfect solution. Floating Wind Turbines? Enter Clear Path Energy, the collaborative effort between six to eight engineers. Clear Path Energy’s plan is to fill the gaps in offshore turbine technology, according to founder Geoff Sharples (previously of both Clipper Windpower and Google). The company hopes to build turbines to function in water depths of 35-100 meters — much too deep for current platform-based technology . The Clear Path turbine is designed to have an integrated design from the sin...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/03/08/floating-wind-turbine...

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