The WindFlip system would start with fully-assembled turbines being loaded horizontally onto purpose-built barges
The proposed WindFlip system would use barges that sink stern-first into the ocean, for transporting and placing large offshore wind turbines
The WindFlip barge would begin to fill with water once in place, sinking stern-first into the ocean, and flipping the turbine into position
While large offshore turbines can be very effective at harnessing the power of the wind, they do pose at least one challenge – how do you get them out into the ocean? One option is to bring them to their deployment site on board a ship, partially assembled, then put them together on location. Doing that kind of work on the pitching deck of a ship can be challenging, however, and requires crews to stay out at sea longer. Another option involves towing them from shore in their final, vertical orientation, but this requires an uninterrupted channel of deep water, and limits the speed at which they can be transported. Now, Norwegian company WindFlip is developing an alternative method that can accommodate shallow water, while allowing for relatively high transport speeds and a minimum amount of time spent putting the turbines in place.
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