Underwater Wind Farms
As populations grow, large open land areas are becoming more difficult to find. Wind turbines have long been considered one of the technologies that require these large plots of land. However, coastal countries are considering new innovations for their miles of shoreline. The United Kingdom (UK), is one of the nations surrounded by water and they are looking to develop their sources of alternative energy. This week we’re going to take a look at their developing technology for underwater turbines.
If you haven’t been following us, developing technologies is a subject that is near and dear to ATS considering that we test for and remove outdated storage tanks and even developed our own tank testing equipment. Scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are constantly creating new technologies that make our daily lives easier, streamline difficult processes, improve the environment, and generally bring us closer as a global community. Every Thursday, ATS brings you a new “tech” that we think is worth learning about!
“Eyesore” is an often used term for land based wind farms and is considered a main factor in holding their production back. These underwater turbines will be along the ocean floor and about a mile out to sea, making them practically invisible. The constant flow of high density sea water serves to keep the underwater turbines in constant motion. This will help the turbines to generate as much energy as wind turbines while being smaller. The turbines will be anchored by scrap metal.
According to Maygen, a Scottish environmental company based in Caithness, these underwater turbines could provide the power for up to a third of Scotland’s energy needs. According to company plans, the turbines would be deep enough that small boats could safely pass over them and the rotation would be slow enough not to negatively impact local wildlife. Based on their current plans, the turbines will spread over a four mile area. This technology could be providing energy for a large part of Scotland by 2020.
It’s nice to know that this technology is already well into development. We look forward to following this technology and the possible development of many underwater windfarms.