The Energy Technologies Institute has announced that it is looking for partners for its £25 million offshore wind floating system demonstration project, with the aim of showing that ‘floating’ wind turbines placed near to shore to take advantage of higher wind speeds can reduce the cost of electricity.
The project was developed in response to the UK Government call to reduce the cost of offshore wind. It aims to install a near shore floating system, in water between 60 and 100 metres deep, to be in operation by 2016.
It is thought that a floating solution has huge potential for cost reduction and is thought to be particularly suitable for British coasts where water is too deep for conventional turbines, but has strong wind near-to-shore. It is expected there will also be a considerable global market for floating turbines that can be developed in the UK.
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