A British company has plans to construct the world’s first floating wind turbine, “in a move that could herald a new generation of cheaper, less problematic wind energy.” The company plants to place the prototype device 12 miles off the coast of southern Italy.
As of September 2009, Norway is the first country to use and operate a floating wind turbine. Created by the energy company Statoil, the floating structure consists of a steel cylinder filled with a ballast of water and rocks. It extends 100 meters beneath the surface and is attached to the sea bed by a three-point mooring spread.
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