Monday, 12 May 2008

Harnessing off-shore wind

Harnessing off-shore wind: John Moylan visits a wind farm off the coast of Lincolnshire.
If you check the regional wind maps, you'll see that while Shelbourne and Ferndale are moderately sufficient locales, there are massive regions just off-shore in Lake Huron and in Georgian Bay where the Location Suitability Index is nearly off the scale.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjGh0bLnGx8&hl=en&fs=1]
Mind you, the bad news is that the cost of wind turbines seems to be doubling every few years, and you need some back up for the days when the winds don't blow, but off-shore that's far more rare and being off-shore, there are build economies of scale in the larger possible rigs.

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