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The Afsluitdijk was officially completed on the 28th of May, 1932. I had been looking at historic events on the wrong date.
However, curious readers will already have found that, even while the dumping of rocks was done, it wouldn't be officially opened until 1933.
So I guess have some leeway. A bit.
But well. Curious people want to know. There you go.
But too bad: the waterboards don't find this idea too hot - while classical mills positioned on dykes form an ongoing tourist attraction, the modern heavy variant influences the safety norms of the structure. That means more hassle, more calculations and once built, it won't be easy to raise dykes any further.
Furthermore, lots of dykes are seeing upgrades at the moment. The Afsluitdijk as a whole is no longer considered "safe" for future sea level rise and will be revised and heightened the coming years. Wouldn't make too much sense to dot it with mills now.
windmills sited on dykes would be very high performing turbines, due to stronger winds and less turbulence. That means stronger foundations adapted to dyke needs would be feasible. For example, there could well be hybrid foundations using some of the offshore technologies, using piles or jackets.
There are methods to build to dyke requirements. Whether the tourist industry would agree is another story. As the costly reality of poisons for generation creeps into society, and after the next nuke disaster, high capacity factor wind turbines on dykes won't seem so out of place.
Further, there are already offshore scale turbines (with 120m + rotor diameter) on land in Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark and Germany.
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
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