Floating windfarms could have a number of advantages over conventional offshore windfarms. They can be placed in deeper waters where the wind is stronger and less variable. The turbines can be fully assembled close to shore before being towed out to sea and they can have less impact on wildlife than other types of wind turbine. But with the technology still in its infancy and the costs relatively high, the question remains when, or if, they will be able to compete against fixed offshore wind turbines or other sources of energy. Carbon Brief takes a look at the status of floating windfarms and their potential to provide renewable energy in the future.
Carbon Brief 27th July 2017 read more »