Look Out! Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Are Coming For Your Natural Gas. The leading global energy producer Equinor is moving forward with plans for launching a whole fleet of gigantic floating wind turbines into the sea, about 140 kilometers off the coast of Norway. The venture opens the door for a new wave of offshore wind development in deep water, where conventional fixed-platform turbines dare not venture. When wind turbines float, they can unlock new reserves of offshore wind energy that have barely been tapped. Consider the US, for example. States along much of the Atlantic coast are busily developing fixed-platform offshore wind farms, taking advantage of the relatively shallow waters of the Continental Shelf. In contrast, wind energy fans along the Pacific Coast are still gazing longingly at the sea, where the water is too deep for today’s fixed-platform engineering. In 2010, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory analyzed the West Coast for untapped wind energy potential. It arrived at slightly more than 70 gigawatts of offshore wind for the three West Coast states, up to the fixed-platform limit of 60 meters deep. At a depth of more than 60 meters, the potential shoots up to 873 gigawatts. So far, all of it is just sitting there.
Clean Technica 11th April 2020 read more »