Offshore wind needs a better barge and turbine platform to bring down costs

By Paul Dvorak Andy Filak, AMF Concepts
John Reeves, Marine architect
Mohamed Soliman, Ph. D. Consultant
The beauty of placing wind turbines offshore in deep water is that the wind farm consumes no real estate nor blocks a seascape view from land. Better yet, far offshore places turbines in steadier and stronger wind. Furthermore, this location and its winds also allow the use of larger turbines.
To make deep water installations more feasible, this article will describe a spar buoy or floating foundation system. The cost of its construction and deployment would be a fraction of the current foundation costs for deep-water wind farms.
The lower installation costs

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