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  •  Over the horizon (3+ / 0-)
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    rogun, mataliandy, pseudopod

    Acceptance of offshore wind generation on the East Coast would be helped if the turbines were visually virtually over the horizon.  I don't know what transmission issues are with additional distance from shore.  But on the East Coast there are a number of offshore shoals that could benefit from being identified by visible objects, especially those that could power marking lights as a by-product.

    For example, see the situation of Frying Pan shoals.

    Engineering to generate during hurricanes could also be a benefit.  How feasible is this?

    •  Many questions... (6+ / 0-)
      • transmission costs hurt pretty badly, so you can't go too far
      • but even more importantly, water depth makes construction harribly expensive, so you need sites with low depths (typically less than 100 feet). These are not often available at big distances from the shores.
      • as to hurricanes, most wind turbines are programmed to shut down above certain speeds (typically 60 mph winds) because they can be damaged otherwise. Current technology does not allow to capture the energy in hurricanes.

      In the long run, we're all dead (Keynes)
      Read more on the European Tribune - bringing dKos to Europe

      by Jerome a Paris on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 02:25:37 PM PDT

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