World's First Floating Wind Farm!

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Jessica

There are many different types of renewable energy that we can use to power our homes and everything inside of them. One way that we can do this is to use wind turbines, which have large blades that rotate in the wind which can then generate the electricity that we use. Wind turbines are often placed in areas where there are lots of wind, but have been limited because they need to have support so that they can stand vertically. Engineers have been trying to overcome this problem, and have figured out a way to have these wind turbines float along the surface of the ocean.

In Scotland, five giant wind turbines that stand 830 feet tall have begun spinning off to provide electricity to 20,000 homes. These wind turbines are particularly cool because they allow for us to harness energy in areas with deeper water. When wind turbines are anchored to the ground, they can only be in water depths of about 200 feet, but these floating turbines can be placed at depths over 2,600 feet! This is a really awesome step forward in renewable energy because it will allow for us to be able to harness wind energy from places that we were not able to before. Have you guys ever seen wind turbines in Maine?  Are there questions that you have about renewable energy, or where the electricity that goes into your house comes from? To see a cool video that shows these turbines, and highlights more about this project, you can check out the link below!

World's First Floating Wind Farm!


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