Gallery: Hexicon’s Floating Wind Platform Keeps Wind Power Afloat

 
Conventional wind farms need to be anchored deep in the bedrock under the ocean.

They’ve solved all of these problems with their adaptable, floating offshore wind and wave generation platform. The renewable energy plant of the future. The platform is designed to deal with extreme conditions by redirecting waves through a special design in it’s hull that uses the water’s force to keep the platform stable. It can be equipped with up to seven windmills and seven underwater wave generators. They’ve constructed the windmill attachments to be easily switched out for newer technology as it becomes available. The cost of the platform is the same as other off-shore wind farms but it decreases maintenance costs in the future by keeping the entire structure above water. The designers say the platform will be functional for up to 60 years.

Conventional wind farms need to be anchored deep in the bedrock under the ocean. The cost of building the windmills increases as the depth of the ocean increases and the installation process negatively impacts marine life around it. There are also concerns that drilling into the ocean’s shelf could cause underwater soil erosion. Hexicon has solved all of these problems by creating a stable, cost effective solution.

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3 Comments

  1. Win Charlebois April 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I very much like the idea of a floating wind platform. As these platforms could be made to any size they appear to be ideal for power generation in the many islands of the south pacific where primary power supplies are produced via diseal powered generation-very expensive and not so eco friendly. If placed in lagoons the rotor bend problems would be reduced almost completely. Overcoming the unnatural sight problem is another matter.

  2. mistawac March 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I think that sooner, rather than later, they’ll have the rotor bend problems figured out. I really hope they do at least. I’ve been designing something like this in my head for a few months now and basically this is exactly what I’d hope it would look like. I’m really glad they have an actual design out that looks to be a fairly legitimate attempt at the idea. Again though, that wobble is a huge concern I hope is seriously addressed very soon so this can all take off.

  3. furryfrog March 8, 2010 at 12:02 am

    This is a nice new way to go about this, but the fact is the platform is still going to wobble and pitch some. Those wobbles and pitches combined with larger turbines being forcibly turned by the wind creates potential for huge bending forces on the rotor. There’s people at work looking at how to deal with those kinds of bends (of more than a couple degrees) but until they figure out a relatively simple and cheap way to do that, floating wind is a no-go.

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