The first floating windmill has been presented in Norway. This new wind turbine has been opened, off the Norwegian coast in the North Sea.
As expressed by the Norwegian oil company StatoilHydro, which is responsible for carrying out the project with this innovative new technology will eliminate the discomfort usually associated with this type of energy. Spain, United States, Japan and South Korea have already expressed interest in acquiring the new floating wind turbines.
The floating windmill has blades of 40 meters, and reaches to rise about 30 meters above the sea surface. The part that is submerged in a tube of a hundred meters long, which has added both water and rocks so that the installation is stable. Soon the Norwegian company will begin production of this innovative technology.
While static wind turbines were already at sea, they rested on a support fixed only a few tens of meters from the surface. This new model of a floating wind turbine has been called “Hywind is the first windmill float that can be used from 120 to 700 meters deep sea.
During the official opening, held in a Norwegian island, attended the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Riis-Johansen. For his part, responsible for wind energy by the Norwegian company, Anne Lycke Stroemmen explained: “This technology offers great business opportunities. We support the use of turbines in countries whose coastal waters are too deep or, as onshore wind capacity is saturated. Has great advantages: no need to be near the coast, may be located in places away from the fishermen or birds, and is completely environmentally friendly.”