These Floating Power Grids Can Power 80,000 Homes

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As the world continues to look for clean energy sources, Norway's Wind Catching Systems has released a new concept that changes the way we think about wind farms. Their floating power grid is composed of more than 100 small, multi-rotor turbines that they claim would produce enough energy to power 80,000 European homes. It's an impressive claim from the company, which was founded in 2017.

The renderings show the mammoth grids, which stand at more than 1,000 feet tall, sitting atop platforms that are anchored to the ocean floor. By taking advantage of the technology used by the oil and gas industries, the platforms are secure and have minimal impact on the environment. Just five grids can produce more energy than 25 traditional wind turbines.

A common complaint about wind farms is the space they take up, but Wind Catching Systems' grid scales thins down with its compact design. The small size of the individual turbines makes installation and maintenance easy, with no specialty vessels or cranes necessary. With an estimated shelf life of 50 years, they are also designed to be scalable.

One advantage of the technology is the speed of the multi-rotor system. Wind Catching Systems states that traditional wind turbines limit energy output in high winds as they begin to pitch their blades to protect them from damage. The power grid's small turbines actually perform better in high winds and generate 2.5 times more annual energy per swept area than traditional turbines.

Wind Catching Systems says that it can deliver the system at grid-parity, meaning that it would match or beat the price of grid energy. While offshore wind power is typically more expensive than land-based wind farms or solar energy, the company is hoping to bring costs down even further as they scale up production.

While they haven't yet released any information on upcoming live installations, the new technology is certainly generating excitement. Now, all eyes will be on Wind Catching Systems to see how and when they will deliver on their promises.

Wind Catching Systems has released renderings of floating power grids made of small multi-rotor turbines.

Mockup of Wind Turbines by Wind Catching Systems

Five floating grids can produce the energy of 25 traditional wind turbines.

Alternative Energy Wind Farm by Wind Catching Systems

The 1,000-foot-tall grids stand on a platform anchored to the ocean floor.

Height of Wind Turbines Compared to Other Monuments

Wind Catching Systems: Website 
h/t: [New Atlas]

All images via Wind Catching Systems.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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