This GE floating wind turbine concept identifies what could be done to bring wind farms to deeper waters and eliminate the need for extensive installations. The wind turbine would work by floating on top of the water and enabling wind farm setups to be installed beyond regions where water levels are suitable for existing equipment. The turbine would thus feature a mass that's 35% lower than existing floating turbine designs.
Rogier Blom from GE spoke on the GE floating wind turbine concept saying, "With GE’s Haliade-X, the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine built to date, we’re just beginning to tap into the future promise of offshore wind power in Europe, the US, and other parts of the globe. Today, these fixed-bottom wind turbines are limited to depths of 60 meters (200 ft) or less. With floating turbines, we would be able to dramatically expand the reaches of offshore wind power to areas with water depths of 60 meters or greater.”
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