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Floating wind turbine

The worlds first floating wind turbine was towed into place at the weekend off the Norwegian coast.

The Hywind turbine consists of a steel jacket filled with ballast fastened to the seabed by three anchor piles and can be moored in water up to 700 meters deep. Ideal for the North Sea.

The benefits of this could be huge. The turbines could be sited far off-shore, removing any ‘eyesore’ objections and could be sited so as not to cause disruption to military radar operations, the shipping industry, fisheries, bird life and tourism. In addition wind is stronger far off shore.

It’s an interesting development and one that adds further potential to the wind industry. It’s early days, the turbine will now go through a two-year test period, but if these can be proved to be cost effective then they could remove many of the barriers to wind farm construction in one fell swoop.

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