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May 10, 2006



Even more radical (and still feasible) is the Hywind concept from Norsk hydro. Essentially floating windmills that can be anchored far enough off-shore to completely negate the nimby factor and to avoid problems with local wildlife. The technology is based on current off-shore know-how and the proposed turbines are in the 5-10MW range.

They can be towed back to shore for major maintenance.


The promotional video is way cool.


This is exactly what I've been saying for years - reopen the UK's shipyards to exploit the continental shelf windresource.


That's right Norway is doing it. No need for another boondoggle that delays adoption of offshore wind, pretending more research is needed.

(How about getting behind it RFK jr? Redeem yourself after your traitorous action in the cape Wind scenario)

Will it replace offshore oil? Yep.


Even oil that is not actually there! Hehey.

Jeff Olney

What's newsworthy isn't the size of the turbine; Enercon already has 6.0 MW prototypes ready to go, Vestas has 4.5 MW turbines with 120 meter rotors. It's the U.S. Department Of Energy actually shelling out $29 million for this project.


I noticed that, too. Say what you want about the idiot awareness of the American public when it comes to this issue, but at least the government APPEARS to be committing some actual resources to prospective solutions.

Their contribution of 17 million to depolymerization projects was also a pittance in the grand scheme, but pretty impressive as a likewise footnote.


"APPEARS" is the operative word.


Absolutely. But money does talk. Regardless of how little it might actually be saying.

George Krejci

By the end of the millennium 2000 this earth shall be without oil, gas, coal, and uranium. Experiments with fusion so far yielded no major results. The only remaining sources of energy are solar and wind. Solar energy is not very significant. I suggest one million wind towers be erected in the oceans along the United States coastlines. Electrical energy from these wind generators should reach about 1000 gigawatts which is equivalent to the power generated by approximately 1000 nuclear plants. This amount of electricity will heat homes and produce hydrogen for our future cars.


Actually George wind, water (wave,river, tidal current), and solar distributed throughout the country and offshore will more than cover our energy needs.

Distributed generation and storage using rooftop solar and small to medium wind power would get over half of the power we need.

Then large scale floating wind/wave power installations and large wind systems in remote areas with high wind like the northern great plains could supply the remainder.

In the near future (a few decades)something like room temperature superconduction could make solar panels, transmission lines, appliances, electric notors, generators, energy storage rings, batteries all so efficient that large wind and wave power systems could be dismantled and recycled.

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