America's First OffShore Wind Turbine Farm

Offshore wind energy is common in many parts of the world, but it's never grew traction in the U.S. Now, a corporation called Deepwater Wind has proclaimed that its secured full funding to construct America's first offshore wind farm.

The project will see five floating 6 megawatt offshore wind turbines made just off the coast of Rhode Island. Generating 30 megawatts of energy total, undersea power cables will route the subsequent electricity to both the island and the U.S. mainland where some of it will be introduced into the grid. Motherboard proposes that it could save locals on the island as much as 40% on their energy bills, as they presently rely on diesel generators for electricity.

Offshore wind farms do away with many of the worries that inhabitants have about onshore wind power—those normally being over noise and the visual eyesore of the turbines. Offshore installations also usually produce more energy, as wind speeds are normally higher out at sea. But constructing them is more complex and their location makes them hard to care for—making them far more costly than their land-based equivalents.

Luckily, the company secured a total of $290 million to fund the new project. It will join same farms that have been built widely across Europe, mainly around the UK and Denmark. "We are on the edge of bringing offshore wind from theory to realism in the U.S.," explained Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski in a press release. "We're poised to launch a new American clean-tech industry."

The turbines themselves are being made by Danish firm Alstom. Manufacturing of their blades—15 in total, with each turbine needing three of them—has by this time started. It's expected that offshore structure will start in the summer, first with the foundations for each of the turbines. If all goes to plan, the farm will start to generating energy by the end of 2016.



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