Yes, although the biggest advantage to floating turbines is that they can operate out at sea at depths between 120 and 700 metres, much deeper than conventional offshore turbines. Furthermore, the fear that ordinary offshore turbine installation interferes with the operation of commercial fishing nets and drags, as well as interfering with the fish themselves, has not been borne out. Denmark has the longest existing offshore wind energy farms, and, according to a 2006 report on the Danish offshore wind energy industry, the energy farms constitute artifical “reefs” that blend in to the rest of the marine environment relatively seamlessly.
Deep-water wind turbines present a variety of benefits including access to stronger and more consistant wind, being out of sight, and reduced exposure to wildlife. Conservation groups first bemoaned offshore wind turbines because of their threat to birds, but placing them farther out in the ocean cuts down on the number of birds that would come into contact with the device. The swinging blades of land-based wind turbines present a hazard to birds, bats, and other animals but the deep-water turbines drastically reduce the number of animal contacts due to the distance. These turbines don’t float but are anchored to the ocean floor by stablizing cables and ballast to keep it steady during ocean squalls.
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