Statoil, an energy company, is operating the first floating wind turbine. The station is located more than 6 miles off the coast of Norway, giving it access to constant wind, unlike land-based wind turbines.
Statoil is expected to make a final decision on a proposed floating offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland in September, said Statoil spokesman Morten Eek on Tuesday. The project would feature five 6-megawatt turbines. Statoil currently operates a single floating turbine off the coast of Norway. "We've seen that the technology is working and is able to withstand winter storms," said Eek.
More communities are looking for ways to desalinate water as demand increases and climate change affects rainfall patterns. Israel's Ashkelon Desalination Plant features an on-site power plant and energy-recovery system.
When the U.S. government gave a $53,648 grant to a Bob's Big Boy that put up solar panels, it missed the big picture, Russell Gold writes. The restaurant encourages driving and eating meat, which both have a huge effect on the environment, he notes.