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02 October 2010

 

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FUTURE AIMS

 

Short Term

 

Our short term objective is a project to build a ¼ scale model and anchor it off Fishguard. This is what we are hard at work designing and building.  We also have a grant to help us.  This small model needs to survive for 2 years in a real environment. During that time if enhancements can be made they will be. The exercise will also capture all data needed for use on the full scale model design. In this project there is no need to connect the turbine to the grid with a cable and there is no need to construct a substation on land. The model will be just there to demonstrate the design of the platform.

 

This model will not affect anyone or anything on a national scale, except that it may give them hope that there is an alternative to placing wind turbine on land or near the coast. From our perspective we will gain valuable experience in construction and assembly of offshore concrete and steel structures. Those people looking out to sea near Fishguard will have to see the small turbine on days of good visibility. We did research where to put the platform, but there were very little choices around the coast of Wales owing to the need to find a suitable wave regime and not have too much tide whilst being close to a business district capable of supplying the expertise needed.  We covered a lot of ground in the Environmental Statement produced for the MFA.  It is available to view in the sub-page to this one.

 

Medium Term

 

Hopefully, by building on the success of the above, the medium term aims are to build a pre-production wind turbine at full scale and moor it in a position so that no one from shore can see it. We are proposing 80 km off shore in the Western Approaches, (see map below).  This prototype shall have the full workings and produce large quantities of gases.

The objectives at this stage are to develop techniques to be used in the mass production of the 2MW wind turbines. Assembly techniques to be used on a wind farm to build individual turbines are to be developed here too. An electrolyser gas production system storage and delivery process will be installed.

Since the wind turbine will not be visible from shore it will not affect the inhabitants living around the shores of the western approaches. Installing the turbine with adequate navigational aids should protect Sailors and their passengers, Merchant and naval vessels and those that fish the area.

 

Those employed to help build the turbine will continue to develop offshore engineering skills. Britain should now begin to have genuine hopes that far offshore renewable energy is a possibility.

 

 

Long Term

 

The long term aim is to build a wind turbine farm far offshore that no one can see, but will produce sizeable quantities of hydrogen and oxygen by 2020. No environmental damage is foreseen, rather an improvement to it.

 

Our long term objectives are to put into practice lessons used in the pre-production phase to produce one or two thousand turbines over a period of years, such that the final capacity is over several gigawatts. Instead of producing electricity for sale on the national grid, the plan is produce hydrogen and oxygen for use as industrial feedstocks and fuel substitutes.

 

On a national scale, the sale of renewable gases will substitute for those produced using natural gas and electricity derived from carbon based fuels. Sufficient quantities should allow use as a transportation fuel in hyox driven buses and trains, perhaps even cars too. With the growing investment in fuel cells, our gases could be a useful source of gases to make the whole energy production process completely carbon free.

 

The wind farm will have a big impact on reducing the nation’s Carbon emissions. It will reduce reliance on natural gas and oil suppliers, and it could one day help provide a viable alternative to nuclear power stations that are proposed.