Floating Turbines Floating turbines are able to be stationed farther offshore in deeper waters, and since the turbines are built onshore and then towed into place, they don’t need massive and expensive deployment equipment.
Seattle-based Principal Power aims to build a pilot project, called WindFloat Pacific, in waters 1,200 feet deep and 15 to 18 miles off the coast. They hope to be up and running by the end of 2017. In WindFloat’s favor, the company can point to a proven success: In 2012, its technology was used in a single-turbine floating project off Portugal, and Kevin Bannister, VP at Principal Power, said that the 2-MW turbine has “performed brilliantly.” Read More
Hawaii Might Make Floating Wind Farms a Reality: The proposal still need to address several concerns, including how the infrastructure would affect wildlife, and what the physical appearance of the turbines will be on the horizon. Alpha Wind Energy estimates that if accepted, the construction could begin by mid-2018, with the turbines generating power by 2020. It’s an “aggressive but realistic schedule,” AWE said in its proposal, adding that its success relies heavily on community support. Read More