Published: 28 January 2008 28 January 2008
Dutch Company Launches Large-Scale Deepwater Wind Turbine in Italy
Placing wind farms far from the coast addresses controversial questions of negative visual impact that often prevent siting of onshore farms. At the same time, winds offshore are stronger and of better quality than onshore, where they suffer from turbulence from contours in the landscape and large man-made structures.? Until now, the only wind farms built offshore have been in shallow waters, typically around 20 metres in depth and often close to the coast.? However, Dutch firm Blue H Technologies BV has come up with a solution, adapted from the oil and gas industry, that allows wind farms to be built in much deeper water, far from the coast, opening up tremendous new possibilities for the wind industry to harvest wind from sea areas that had not been accessible previously.
Neal Bastick, Chief Executive Officer, Blue H Technologies BV, The Netherlands
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