Friday, June 13, 2008

Minch madness(?)

Just saw this in the Hebrides News. Seems like ideas for floating wind turbines are taking shape, although we remain extremely sceptical.

This new idea is for semisubmersible offshore wind turbines, generating hydrogen which they pipe to shore.

In addition to our earlier questions around the engineering challenges of floating turbines and bearing wear associated with the movement, our additional worries are:
  1. How much will the offshore to onshore hydrogen pipelines cost?

  2. Doesn't hydrolysis of seawater produce Chlorine gas - both poisonous and corrosive? How will the technology deal with this?

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