6.3. Atlantic Floating Wind
Ross was a keen angler in his younger days. One of the learned skills, involved distance casting of fishing floats in windy conditions on Irish Lakes.
Specialist floats are employed for this type of angling. They comprise elongated hollow-tube or balsa sticks, suitably weighted at the bottom. They are designed to settle deep in the water so as to avoid surface turbulence. Only a brightly-coloured tip protrudes above the surface; just sufficient to be visible at long distance. Waves wash over the floats with constant regularity. An interruption to this regularity signals the interest of a fish in the bait below.
It occurred to Ross that the weighted fishing float design, with its proven success in distance angling, could possibly be adapted to support a wind turbine in waters of a certain depth around Ireland's storm-wracked Atlantic Fringe.
The engineering principles are quite simple.
Further calculation & experimentation is required.
Engineering components need to be sufficiently robust to survive expected weather conditions.
Consideration could be given to motorized gyroscopic stabilization of both the float and turbine to maximize platform stability.
Ireland's Continental Shelf extends to some 10x the size of the Land Area. Much of it lies on the Wild Atlantic side, with high wind velocities that lend themselves to massive energy generation. The problem is of course, that severe conditions are very destructive of normal engineering solutions.
Floatation Design Concept
Shannon Floating Wind
Kinsale Floating Wind
EU Grid Interconnector
Ireland's Continental Shelf
Tidal Currents Ireland
Wind Speeds Ireland
Wind Speed / Wave Table
Example of Spar Buoy principle in use.
See: RP Flip - www.scripps.ucsd.edu
Floating Installation & Service Platform
A Study for Offshore Energy cooperation involving Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland has been in progress for some years.
While admirable in it's objectives, this Isles Project is a branch project, rather than being a part of a fully integrated EU Offshore Networks Project. To use a simile - By concentrating on the health of the Tree, the branches subsequently grow to be strong!
The following graphics illustrate how this EU Offshore Networks Concept can be achieved.