A recent press release promises massive, 5 megawatt (MW) wind turbines that float on the water far offshore where the wind always blows.
In a new development from MIT engineer Paul D. Sclavounos, the 90 metre tall turbines would be assembled on dock and towed out as much as 150 kilometres offshore, where aesthetically-minded enviro-purists can't complain about having to look at them.
The turbines would remain stable via tethers and ballast tanks, able to survive hurricanes and the tallest waves. They will also be portable, so energy companies can move them around as demand for electricity changes.
If it works, this will solve the problems currently associated with wind turbines: the space they take up, the noise and vibration, and the capriciousness of terrestrial winds.
As a next step, Sclavounos hopes to install a half-size protoype off the coast of Cape Cod.
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