The United Kingdom is counting on massive new amounts of offshore wind power, but RWE says the planned 1,200-megawatt Atlantic Array is “uneconomic at this time.”
To meet its offshore wind power goals, the U.K. will need to figure out how to put turbines in deep water; a test center off Northumberland will help show the way.
One way to drive down the cost of offshore wind power: The Wave Craft, a vessel for fast access to turbines, even in rough conditions.
Offshore wind power installations are on track to hit a seventh consecutive annual record in 2013.
That’s right, researchers say: Staggering the placement of offshore wind turbines in every other row boosted power production greatly.
A 2-megawatt floating wind turbine begins operating off the southwest coast of Japan, while a project off Fukushima nears its own launch.
A new U.S. report sees progress in developing offshore wind, but notes plenty of hurdles for the nearly dozen projects in the “advanced stages” of development.
Statoil said it would abandon its plans to build an offshore, floating turbine project in Maine. The problem: A governor who kept putting up obstacles.
Off the shores of the United States and the Great Lakes is a power source with four times the energy potential of the entire U.S. electric power system: the wind.
After years of delays and legal battles, several offshore wind projects seem poised to be launched off the U.S. East Coast.