Offshore Wind – Future Sustainable Energy?

Corrosion at the splash area of an offshore turbine. Source: "Inspection Guidance for Offshore Wind Turbine Facilities"

Corrosion at the splash area of an offshore turbine.
Source: “Inspection Guidance for Offshore Wind Turbine Facilities”

Is this the future of Off-shore wind. This take after only a few years in service. Oil rigs are regularly brought inshore for routine maintenance which is not possible with the hundreds of turbines fixed to the sea bed. The saline environment that is the North Sea with the weather conditions prevailing there suggests that the cost of off-shore wind will only increase expotentially. A nightmare of our own creation.

Advertisements

About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
This entry was posted in Wind farms. Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to Offshore Wind – Future Sustainable Energy?

  1. Pingback: Sustainable? | NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

  2. catweazle666 says:

    Nice dose of tinworm there.

    Didn’t anyone bother telling the offshore wind brigade about corrosion?

  3. Reblogged this on Power To The People and commented:
    The Years of Unsustainable Energy Boondoogles.

  4. RayG says:

    The good news is that when they sink they will become good fish habitat.

  5. Realist says:

    That’s not a turbine. Turbine foundations are painted yellow, by regulation, as a navigational aid. And even before they sink they provide a pretty good fish habitat: http://www.ens.dk/sites/ens.dk/files/undergrund-forsyning/vedvarende-energi/vindkraft-vindmoeller/havvindmoeller/miljoepaavirkninger-3/Follow-up%20fish%20study%20Horns%20Rev_final%20report%20(2).pdf

    • Perhaps not one in English waters; none have been in situ long enough; but it was taken from a wind industry technical appraisal. As to Fish habitat, look to reports from the Kent fishermen where promised seafood nirvana has simply proved to be a desert. Reports to the EU fisheries committee have come to a similar conclusion. Whether it is the vibrations from installed turbines, low frequency noise or emf from the underground cables there is certainly a negative impact on fishing. A short resume from your report states “In general, and in contrast to the hypothesis that wind farms would attract pelagic and demersal fish species to the farm area, fewer fish of the different fish species were caught in the windfarm area after deployment”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s