in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

Floating offshore wind turbines will be the initial focus of a new agreement between the U.S. and the U.K. as international talks convene in London this week to accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies.

The talks will be co-chaired by U.K. Energy Secretary Edward Davey and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. The two nations will agree to collaborate on the development of floating wind technology designed to generate power in deep waters currently off limits to conventional turbines but where the wind is much stronger, the U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) says.

The collaboration on floating offshore wind power will ensure that both countries align their resources to maximize the impact for both countries. It will also enable the sharing of best practices and expertise. Ultimately, it is hoped that this approach will result in more cost-effective, higher-yield floating wind power technologies, the DECC adds.

“Floating wind turbines will allow us to exploit more of our wind resource, potentially more cheaply,” Davey explains. “Turbines will be able to locate in ever deeper waters, where the wind is stronger, but without the expense of foundations down to the seabed or having to undertake major repairs out at sea.”

“The U.K. and U.S. are both making funding available for this technology, and we’re determined to work together to capitalize on this shared intent,” he adds.



Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Setting The Record Straight: How Many Birds Do Wind Turbines Really Kill?

Several peer-reviewed studies are more or less in agreement with avian mortality rates caused by wind turbines. However, one study, which is wildly off from the others, is most often cited in the media. Why?


Six Takeaways From The IRS' Start Of Construction Guidance: What You Need To Know

The IRS recently issued guidance to wind developers to further spell out what "start of construction" means. Will you be covered?


Eagle Take Permits For Wind Farms - Will They Fly?

Now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued the first permit allowing the legal take of eagles, can wind developers expect more certainty in the agency's application process?


Despite 2013 Challenges, U.S. Wind Power Reaches All-Time Low Price

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy details the highs and lows of the country's wind industry last year, and the agency maintains that the U.S. sector remains strong.


Mexico On Pace To Set New Renewables Investment Record

A new report says the country has spent $1.3 billion on clean energy in the first half of 2014 and could end up seeing a record year. Furthermore, wind power is slated for significant growth in the region.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984
UnitedEquip_id1995
Tower Conference_id1965