Floating wind turbines: Why the pace of progress might come as a surprise

By Paul Dvorak James Young / Chief Technology Officer / Business Network for Offshore Wind
Floating wind farms would be ideal for countries with little available land for wind farm development and lots of deep water near shore. Japan and the U.S. fit that bill.
One of the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm is Japan’s Fukushima Forward project. Operational since 2013, it now includes three turbines with a total capacity of 14 MW. This accounts for nearly half of the approximately 30 MW global capacity.
Considering the average European grid-connected fixed offshore wind farm weighs in at 380 MW, you’d be forgiven for thinking floating

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