December 18, 2014

Wind Farms Underwater?

Hello all,

I stumbled upon a CNN article that really intrigued me. This article discussed the potential of having wind farms underwater as a new, renewable energy source. If these underwater wind farms could really help power the world’s electricity, this could really help the future of where we get our electricity from. This also may create a whole new industry.

What are the cons to this new energy source? Well, at least from what I’ve read, there are a couple cons that I came up with:

  1. Impact of the underwater sea life – It was mentioned in the article that the fans would only turn between 12-18 RPM, which is very low for sea life, but I am concerned on really seeing the effects of having these wind farms underwater. It was also mentioned in the article that most sea life will avoid the faster moving water flow, but it is still something that has to be addressed.
  2. Impact of the ocean floor – This was not really mentioned in the article, but what would be the impact of the ocean floor itself having these wind farms underwater? Could it possibly cause some underwater spouts to appear? I know, it sounds very farfetched, but nevertheless it is something to consider.

Here are the links to some of the articles that are out on the web about these underwater wind farms:

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/11/tech/innovation/scotland-underwater-turbines/index.html
The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/11/the-wind-farm-of-the-future-might-be-underwater/382225/#disqus_thread
Science-Health.com: http://www.science-health.com/wind-farms-future-underwater-company/

What are your thoughts about these underwater wind farms?

That’s all for now, until next time…keep that tech gear ticking.

~Goliath7470