Out of sight: Floating turbine technology could put offshore wind farms

Date: May 20, 2012

By Dave Alexander, Friday, April 20th, 2012.

MUSKEGON, MI – Out of sight is out of mind, offshore wind proponents hope.

Two Michigan universities have joined forces with a Seattle-based design company to pursue offshore wind technology that could be a “game-changer” on the Great Lakes.

Grand Valley State University and Michigan Technological University are in a group seeking federal funding for initial engineering and design of new floating-turbine technology. The floating technology has the potential of moving turbines to the middle of the lakes.

The public-private partnership is seeking investors to cover the matching funds needed in a U.S. Department of Energy wind technology grant program, GVSU officials said.

Read more on mlive.com.

Turbine platform
The turbine platform is held in place some 50-feet below the water where waves and ice would not be an issue. Image originally published on mlive.com

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