of date, Europe leads the world in developing and
putting into operation offshore wind
power, leaving the
us now see why offshore wind
power is such an attractive thing. There seems to be
several reasons behind this marine bound power strategy.
First of all, suitable land location for onshore wind
power is limited in most European countries because of
dense population vis-ŕ-vis land area that is available
for installation of the wind turbines. United States
fortunately do not suffer from this predicament as
because it is a vast country where land locations for
installing turbines are not as scarce as in
Some of the factors that facilitate installation of offshore wind turbines include transportation of wind turbine components like tower sections, blades, nacelles, etc over water than on land because ships and barges with their inbuilt cranes can handle such heavy and cumbersome cargo that trucks or trains prove difficult to haul. In fact, extra large goods vehicles capable enough to carry unwieldy turbine components cannot negotiate sharp road corners and they cannot also move from one point to another without causing damage to their precious cargo. A barge, on the other hand can almost turn on its own axis to unload it cargo at any desired spot. And this often becomes crucially important.
as the cost of construction as well as maintenance for
each wind turbine is much higher for offshore wind
farms, the operators naturally insist on lower number of
turbines that are higher in capacity.
Princess Amelia Wind Farm, an offshore Dutch wind farm created history on December 21, 2007 by way of transmissioning offshore wind powered electricity to a Dutch grid. The 120 MW offshore wind farm with a construction budget of Euro 383 million was the first to be financed by a non-recourse loan that comprised sixty Vestas V80 – 2MW wind turbines. Each turbine’s tower was made to rest on monopole foundation to depths ranging from 18 to 23 meters and located at a distance of 23 km off the Dutch coastline.
Installing an offshore wind power system may be however more difficult for the home user. If you want renewable energies in building, you should know how to build a wind generator and install one at your home. Here is a manual that will help you step by step – it will teach you where you can set it up at the home and how to install it, how to complete the wiring, where to get the parts from cheaply and also the safety precautions. Cheap wind power is a great idea because it is a clean energy and also because it helps you save on your power bills.