Measuring wind energy off the Lake Michigan shore
Date: July 27, 2012
By Lindsey Smith
July 26th, 2012
Article originally published on http://www.michiganradio.org
Scientists are analyzing new data that’ll determine whether offshore wind farms are viable in Lake Michigan and the data is more detailed than any available from the Great Lakes so far.
A floating eight-ton research buoy is collecting the data. There are only three such vessels in the world and this is the first one launched in the United States.
The buoy has been anchored about 37 miles off shore for about two months now. Recently crews retrieved the first set of data cards – with information about wind conditions and any bats and birds that fly by. Scientists are now analyzing that data.
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