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  •  Is there a danger from storms that far out? (1+ / 0-)
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    I'd hate to see a hurricane just run right along that path and wreck the towers, and it looks like the path that is entirely plausible.

    I figure there are ways to keep them from too many problems, but that's my initial concern.

    Of course, even if the hurricane destroyed the whole shebang, environmental effects would likely be very, very minimal, unlike the other power sources lifted from offshore locations.

    •  2-4Mw turbines are being installed offshore (8+ / 0-)

      in places like the North Sea, between Norway, Germany and the UK.

      With slow speed gear cases, computer controlled feathering of blades for storms, turbines being mounted on 3 columns, I think that offshore wind developers feel they have this problem pretty much licked, at least thats my guess. Google is onboard, the Belgium national utility operator is on board, plus 2 other companies.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 01:22:17 PM PDT

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    •  It's the East Coast USA (1+ / 0-)
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      Of course there's danger of hurricanes and nor'easters along that stretch of the East Coast.  That's why barrier islands exist along that whole stretch of coast.  Of course, similar issues exist in the Gulf of Mexico and it's littered with oil and gas drilling platforms, which have become much more robust in design and construction over the years.  Those techniques can be applied to building the wind turbine towers, with the advantage that one isn't looking at a well blowout if a wind turbine tower does happen to go down.  Placing wind turbine farms out that far would be much less disruptive than the oil exploration programs off the East Coast some people have been advocating.  Just wait until they start talking about mining the natural gas clathrate beds in that area.

      "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

      by PrahaPartizan on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 05:20:45 PM PDT

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