Posts tagged: Peter Fairley

Wind-turbine designers are warming up to an alternative to the three-bladed rotors

By Peter Fairley Several major wind-power companies are testing a departure from the industry’s standard three-bladed turbine design by dropping one of the three blades and spinning the rotor 180 degrees to face downwind. The design presents engineering challenges, but the hope is that it could greatly improve the economics of offshore wind power. By […]

Floating Wind Turbines Headed for Offshore Farms

By Peter Fairley     Floating wind power is no longer science fiction. Promising results from five test platforms operating worldwide—including three in Japan—are turning into project plans for a first generation of floating wind farms. Industry analyst Annette Bossler, who runs Bremen, Maine-based Main(e) International Consulting, predicts that the number of test platforms will […]