There is a reason the North Sea is the world’s capital for offshore wind farms. The sea is unusually shallow, particularly in the lost fertile plain of Doggerland. Coupled with a relatively smooth seabed, it is perfect for fixing the bases on which thousands of wind turbines now sit in a crescent off the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. But what about off Japan, the US west coast and many other parts of the world, where the seabed quickly becomes deep? That, Fix the Planet readers, is where floating wind farms come in. I first came across these wonders of modern engineering three years ago on a boat in Åmøy Fjord in Norway. This week is all about how they have come along, and what the future holds.
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