Wind Technology

Offshore wind energy involves construction of wind turbines in the marine environment. Offshore turbines are more expensive than onshore developments but provide greater options in regard to potential and scale e.g. the number of arrays constructed as defined by the resource availability and energy demand.

Devices can be fixed to the seabed or floated on the water surface. Floating turbine technology is however still developing and costs remain higher than fixed devices.

Fixed devices are however limited by water depth and therefore may have to be situated in areas of shallow water.

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Wind energy is the most mature of the marine resources and is currently the most cost competitive. 

RET continues to investigate the potential for offshore wind energy considering not only generation potential but also public opinions and potential impacts (social, economic and environmental).