Plot Thickens Around Floating Offshore Wind Farm Mystery Tour
Why, it seems like only yesterday that US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette told members of Congress to go ahead and slash many dollars from his renewable energy budget, since most of the good stuff is now available commercially. Hey, he might be on to something. Take the agency’s floating offshore wind program, for example. Not too long ago floating wind turbines were a dream, and now they are a thing. In fact, a “secret” group of US officials is bound for Scotland next week, where they will eyeball a new floating offshore wind farm, which happens to deploy technology developed by a US company with an assist from — you guessed it — the Energy Department.
The wind farm in question is the Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Farm, an array of five Vestas turbines under construction about 15 kilometers off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland.
The turbines are pretty interesting, but what is really interesting is the floating foundations for the turbines.
They were developed under the name WindFloat by the California-based firm Principle Power. If that rings some bells, it should. Back in 2009 CleanTechnica took note of the company’s floating offshore platform in relation to a wave energy R&D project funded by the Energy Department.