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And as of today, there are only 2(!) wind turbines developed specifically for offshore operation deployed in the North Sea.

This is in fact a huge resource waiting out there.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Tue Jun 19th, 2007 at 01:30:28 PM EST
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There are more than 10 large wind farms in operations - below only the bigger ones:

Denmark
Middelgrunden 40 MW (2001)
Horns Rev I 160 MW (2002)
Nysted-Roedsand 165 (2003)

UK
Barrow 90MW  Apr-06
Kentish Flats 90MW Nov-05
Scroby Sand 60MW Dec-04
North Hoyle 60MW Jul-04

Netherlands
NoordZeeWind 99MW (2006)

Lots more info in this this pedf presentation on offshore

The 2 turbines you refer to are the 5MW REpower turbines installed on the Beatrice project, I presume.


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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 19th, 2007 at 04:22:39 PM EST
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Yes, off course, all the others are onshore turbines tweaked to function at sea.

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Wed Jun 20th, 2007 at 02:34:29 AM EST
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Jérôme forgot Arklow Bank in Ireland, which consists of developed-for-offshore 3.6 MW GE turbines.

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by DoDo on Wed Jun 20th, 2007 at 05:53:13 AM EST
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I only took the big ones - that work. Alklow Bank has been an unending series of problems - so much so that GE has effectively abandoned this turbine model.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 20th, 2007 at 05:55:07 AM EST
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I knew of several technology-related delays before opening, and the lack of new orders for the model spoke volumes (as did the abandonment of any talk about the planned second phase of Arklow Bank), but is it off-line now?

*Lunatic*, n.
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by DoDo on Wed Jun 20th, 2007 at 06:15:32 AM EST
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They've stopped marketing it. They are working on a new model now, as far as I know.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 20th, 2007 at 05:01:37 PM EST
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Sorry, I meant Arklow Bank, not the turbine type. Is it still operational, or was the type such crap that Arklow Bank is idle?

By the way, have you heard anything about Vestas's plans for a biggie (V120)? there is total silence on that, too.

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by DoDo on Thu Jun 21st, 2007 at 06:14:31 PM EST
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