Floating Wind Turbine Technology to be the Future of Offshore Wind

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Offshore wind will see significant change in the coming years as developers seek higher quality wind resources and larger wind turbines. This will require technology that offers better access to wind resources, is unconstrained by water depth, and has a support structure able to accommodate the increasing turbine size.

Bottom-mounted offshore wind turbines appear to have a promising future but are restricted to shallow waters, while floating wind turbines can be used at a water depth of 50 meters (m) or more. In addition, the cost of construction is significantly lower than for bottom-mounted turbines because they can be prefabricated at the dockside and floated out.

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