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This map is a perfect example of why offshore wind is such a good fit for the North and Baltic Seas.  The largest pool table in the world.

While the US has three very long coasts, much of it is similar to this section of France, and is the reason why current offshore wind may be limited there.  The difference is the US has a Saudi Arabia worth of undeveloped onshore, even if that entails significant transmission cabling and costs.

Another possibility looms in the near future.  Floating designs are already being tested, and more are on the drawing boards.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaďs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Jan 18th, 2010 at 02:17:53 PM EST
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Crazy Horse:
Another possibility looms in the near future.  Floating designs are already being tested, and more are on the drawing boards.

Could these floating designs also incorporate wavebob technology to create combined wind and wave power generators?

notes from no w here

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 18th, 2010 at 02:59:11 PM EST
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I'm not familiar with this technology, even after checking the website, but it's doubtful it would be used on a stationary or floating foundation, as the wind turbines need to remain relatively stable.  A site electrical grid could possible be used together, if the power is compatible.

What an involved way of saying i don't really know.  But the reasons for doubt must be addressed.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaďs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Jan 18th, 2010 at 03:33:03 PM EST
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