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1,000-foot multi-rotor floating Windcatchers to power 80,000 homes each. Could generate five times the annual energy of the world's biggest single turbines.

1,000-foot multi-rotor floating Windcatchers to power 80,000 homes each. Could generate five times the annual energy of the world's biggest single turbines.

Thatingles

Not only does this sound like a really good idea, the picture they have used 'for scale' is one of the most unintentionally hilarious things I have seen in a while. Worth checking out the article for that alone. As a brit, I really want to see our country go all out for offshore wind. It's really perfect for us.


Mitch871

what about the birds around this thing? conventional wind turbines are known for knocking birds out of the sky. This looks to me like some guy went, but what if it was a 1000 ft tall? and got all giddy. I look more to companies like IceWind trying to completely reinvent the blades or the other company (cant think of the name rn) with the bladeless windcatchers..


3leberkaasSemmeln

Windows are killing thousand times more birds than wind energy. Nobody is against windows, this argument is one of the many that the coal industry shoved down the throats of the idiots.


Mitch871

do you have a better alternative then windows then? and over here its already pretty customary to put stickers on your windows to prevent birds from flying into them, especially on higher up windows. 'bladeless' windturbines already exist


timeforknowledge

Why wasn't this a thing sooner? Many smaller turbines seem like a far easier solution than one giant one. Not just to build it but maintenance as well.


okopchak

The cost of maintenance per unit is huge, one big turbine can incorporate features that are not cost effective for smaller turbines. The wind industry is getting pretty mature and for the past 40 years the economics have favored fewer large turbines over a large number of smaller units. Now part of this comes from the wind industry being focused on land based energy capture where it is harder to build monolithic structures like what is being proposed as the design would need to pivot to match wind direction, not readily done on land. As we move to more open water solutions it will be interesting to see what evolves, that being said I have my doubts about this design, but I have been wrong many times and if this delivers on its promises I hope I am wrong on my concerns