Versatile offshore wind turbine resolves issues of water depth and cost
Harnessing the high offshore wind speeds with either bottom-fixed turbines or floating ones has been beset with obstacles, including water depth and high maintenance costs. SeaTwirl project introduces a novel solution with a smaller spar-buoy and uses the buoyant force of the ocean to support the weight of the turbine. The model has few moving parts, can be used in a cluster, and does not depend on wind direction. In the growing renewables sector, SeaTwirl is easier and cheaper to maintain, produces low noise, and does not threaten the natural environment. The turbine is unique and suited for use in islands, coastal areas and offshore companies including fish farms as well as oil and gas rigs.
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