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World's First Floating Wind Turbine Switches On

hywindfloatingturbineThe energy company Statoil has begun operation of the first full-size Hywind floating wind turbine at a location 10 kilometers off the Norwegian coast. What is remarkable about this turbine is that is is floating in the water, rather than being rigidly attached to the ocean floor.

Everyone who has paid attention to the issues of off-shore wind turbines knows that there are advantages to having constant, unobstructed winds to drive the turbines. But shorelines are prized for more than their energy potential. The numerous delays and lawsuits that sought to stop the Cape Wind project in the US show just how contentious the issue can be. But the Hywind turbine offers a new potential for offshore wind.

For a couple of years, EcoGeek been following the development of how to buy viagra cheap deep-water off-shore wind turbines which can avoid the cheap 25mg cialis largest problems typically associated with off-shore turbines. The Norwegian utility company StatoilHydro has been at the forefront of developing this with their Hywind project.

Statoil has decades of experience with operating deep sea drilling platforms for North Sea oil production, and is using that technology to support a wind turbine in deep water.

The test Hywind turbine's location is comparable to the location of the Cape Wind offshore wind farm project on Nantucket Sound. Simulated images prepared for Cape Wind show the visual impact of 258 foot (78.6 meter) high turbines with 365 foot (111.3 meter) diameter rotors located roughly 6 miles (10 kilometers) off shore.

The difference between the two is that Cape Wind is best prices on viagra situated in Nantucket Sound because the waters are so shallow that the turbines can be mounted to the seafloor there. The Hywind turbine, however, lies in much deeper water - able to be located in waters with a depth of 120 to 700 meters (394 to 2297 feet). The Hywind test location was kept close to shore to make the testing easier and to minimize the need for very long power cables returning to shore.

In an actual installation, Hywind turbines could be located in a large field (making up for the greater cable length with efficiencies of larger numbers of viagra cheapest turbines) well off shore and away from scenic views as well as shipping lanes. Deepwater installations become feasible when the turbines do not need to extend all the way down to the sea floor.

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written by Magnulus, September 21, 2009
I've always been curious about whether or not Statoil was actually trying to do anything about our dependency on oil to fill our coffers (I'm Norwegian) and to offset the impact the oil industry has on the environment. This relieves some personal tension for me as a Norwegian and son of a long-time oil worker, because it goes to show they're thinking about the future of not just themselves, but our country and our planet as a whole.

I personally think wind turbines look pretty damned cool and would much rather have a thousand turbines in my view than a bunch of oil tankers puffing past.
It is quite a remarkable feet to say the least.
written by Matt, September 21, 2009
Granted it would take a longer time to implement the full potential of floating wind turbines, but when you consider the mass size of the ocean and buying viagra online the incredible strength of wind power on the ocean, the limits are endless to amount of tramadol delivered overnight power that can be produced.
Tidal Energy
written by Calvin Tennant, September 22, 2009
I've never seen anything on viagra for sale online here about tidal energy. To me it really seems like the way to go. Is there an article that I'm missing? Is there another reason for not giving it the light of day?
written by Magnulus, September 22, 2009
Over the years, there's been quite a few, even some this very summer. You just haven't been looking. Did you try searching the discount online levitra site for the word "tidal"?
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Reply to Gerrick
written by Johannes, September 22, 2009
I'm a Norwegian, and StatoilHydro is Government owned which is a huge economic gain for all norwegians. And there is no undersea secret stuff going on, it's what the article says:

Hywind turbines could be located in a large field well off shore and away from scenic views as well as shipping lanes.

Reply to Gerrick Unlikely it is for nefarious purposes
written by Voltair, September 22, 2009
My gut says it's not the kind of thing for some secret project. These things draw a lot of attention, and unless it is surrounded by a bunch or Navy warships, it wouldn't be difficult to see where the cable goes. If I made an evil plan, it would use a simple boat with a small fusion reactor on-board to make electricity...smilies/wink.gif
written by Magnulus, September 23, 2009
I wouldn't say that the creation of waterbreathing firemutants is a medical experiment. I mean, obviously, we're all trying to take over the world with our race of supermutants, but it's more ideological than scientific or medical. We just don't like your faces and want our mutants to eat them.
written by Amy, September 29, 2009
I think the ocean is a wonderful resource and I am happy that the sustainability movement might utilize it. However, I am wondering what the effect of only today 5 mg viagra the wind turbines would be for bird populations. I noticed the ocean one is painted yellow, perhaps that would help minimize bird casualties. But why not use underwater turbines with tidal power, which is constant, rather than the get cialis online wind?
None (Medically Retired)
written by Richard Fletcher, October 08, 2009
if installed of Cape May, a former congressman Kennedy would be proud!
this looks great
written by Ron, November 10, 2009
we need more facilities such as these. We need to stop using 19th century oil, it is in the past. Alternative energy is the future.
Innovative Wind Production
written by Global Patriot, December 27, 2009
It would be great to see this technology expanded to more areas around the world, though I wonder how they withstand the forces of violent storms.
Out of curiosity...
written by Francis9105, December 29, 2009
I'm currently learning the language Swedish and am considering living there. I'm sure they're doing some type of enviro-friendly renewable energy programme. If you hear of one, I'd love if you made a blog about it.
You can say that I am a doom sayer, but the way the population of the earth growing now (doubling every 50 years) and the way we spending focil energy
written by Mr. Don Lee, January 04, 2010
You can say that I am a doom sayer, but if we think about growing population of earth (doubling every 50 60 years ?) and demanding energy consumtion we must develop renuable energy as soon as posible, or we the mail order for viagra tablets world will get in to viagra oral gel never ending trouble.
Trust Human Ingenuity
written by Garden Games, January 13, 2010
Beleive in the power of humanity to reinvent and solve whatever problems are thrown at us. Capturing natures energy is the future, and we ill only get better at it

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