So, we have a number of engineers among regular readers, any care to comment on the likely durability/longevity of water-borne aerial cuisinarts? Perhaps insurance industry readers would care to comment on risk coverage?
Giant floating wind turbines capable of slashing the cost of offshore wind energy and exploiting deepwater areas that boast stronger and more reliable winds could become a reality thanks to a major new clean energy research partnership between the UK and the US.
The UK and US government are expected to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding on ‘Collaboration in Energy Related Fields’ as one of the centrepieces of this week’s Clean Energy Ministerial in London, which will be attended by energy ministers from 23 of the world’s leading eonomies.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) revealed today that the first research projects backed by the new bilateral agreement will be efforts to develop large scale floating wind turbines.
“The UK-US collaboration on floating wind will ensure that both countries align our resources to maximise the impact for both countries,” DECC said in a statement. “It will also enable the sharing of best practice and expertise. Ultimately it is hoped that this approach will result in more cost effective, higher yield floating wind technologies being developed.”
UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said there was a strong case for accelerating the development of floating turbines.
“Floating wind turbines will allow us to exploit more of the our wind resource, potentially more cheaply,” he said in a statement. “Turbines will be able to locate in ever deeper waters where the wind is stronger but without the expense of foundations down to the seabed or having to undertake major repairs out at sea.
“The UK and US are both making funding available for this technology and we’re determined to work together to capitalise on this shared intent.”