TITLE

Offshore Wind Farms

PUB. DATE
November 2004
SOURCE
Technology Review;Nov2004, Vol. 107 Issue 9, p82
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article provides information on offshore wind farms. Specifically, this article illustrates how electricity is generated by an offshore wind farm, and how that electricity makes its way to consumers. It also describes three prominent methods used to secure wind turbines to the seafloor. Although wind-energy installations have proliferated at an average annual rate of 28 percent from 1999 to 2004, wind power still accounts for less than 1 percent of electricity generated in the U.S. Wind-energy advocates are hopeful that wind power will generate 6 percent of the nation's electricity by 2020, and their hopes have been bolstered by the development of more-efficient turbines and by government initiatives favoring renewable power. Today's turbines have larger blades, along with smart systems that analyze wind speed and direction to capture the most wind. Also, the spread of offshore wind farms in Europe has inspired some in the U.S. to look to harness the power of strong sea winds. A 130-turbine offshore farm in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the first of its kind in the nation, is set to begin construction in 2005, and the Long Island Power Authority has announced plans to build an offshore farm by 2008.
ACCESSION #
14750298

 

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