Wind energy 'could come from floating platforms'

01 Sep 2010
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Wind energy 'could come from floating platforms'

The renewable energy industry may be set to turn to floating offshore wind farms in order to meet the growing need for sustainable power.

This is according to Gary Howland, renewables sales manager for Trelleborg Offshore, which has helped to construct a prototype floating offshore wind farm off the coast of Norway.

He explained that his firm provided the technology to support the power cables, with other companies involved including Siemens, Technip and Nexans Norway.

Speaking to The Engineer, he said: "Just as the oil and gas industry has moved from fixed structures to floating platforms, one solution for deep-water wind power is a floating wind turbine."

The news provider added that Statoil, a Norwegian energy company, is currently in talks with the Scottish government over the possibility of creating the first floating offshore wind farm in the world.

Scotland on Sunday recently reported that the country's first minister Alex Salmond travelled to Norway to discuss the plans, which he has said could create hundreds of green jobs if they go ahead.  

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