The US and the UK have announced that both will collaborate on developing floating offshore wind turbines. These turbines would be capable of operating in deep waters.
Work on offshore wind turbines had started sometime back, and several methods were proposed to fix the turbines on to the sea floor and to balance them in the best possible way. However, none of the proposed ways attained the expected commercial viability.
Floating offshore wind turbines, if they become a reality with best fixation techniques and commercialization possibilities, then they will yield amazing benefits. Such turbines could be placed farther out in the sea than conventional offshore turbines, thereby helping in eliminating complaints about spoiling the environment. It will also be possible to tow them ashore in case of any extensive maintenance.
We hear the UK is offering 25 million pounds which accounts for almost $40.2 million to contractors who could come up and demonstrate floating offshore wind technology.
The winners would be announced the following year. At the same time, the US is offering $180 million for four demonstration projects together, including a floating wind power system.