Benefits of offshore wind turbines
- Strong, constant winds on the high seas.
- More powerful wind turbines and the potential for larger farms in the long term.
- Extended life-span thanks to machine repairs and renovations carried out on land.
LIMITED VISUAL IMPACT AND CONFLICTS OF USE
- Far from the coast as less depth-related constraints.
- Far from coastal fishing areas and leisure zones.
- Far from zones used for radars and semaphore.
- Foundations and turbines built and assembled on land.
- No construction required at sea or under water.
DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW JOB-CREATING SECTOR
- New jobs in the offshore wind turbine industrial sector.
- New professions as a result of anchor and float construction needs.
Offshore turbines anchored to the seabed are currently the most technologically-advanced and well-developed marine renewable energies solutions available. In France, several projects are under-way with a total potential of 6,000MW, 500 MW of which are to be produced in the Saint-Brieuc Bay, Brittany. This technology only requires shallow waters (less than 50 metres deep) and is often seen in France in close proximity to the coastline.
Floating wind turbines have the advantage of not being subject to bathymetric restrictions, and therefore offer new prospects in the field…