Huge wind and ocean energy project planned for offshore North Carolina

While some are still building new climate-destroying coal plants in North Carolina, the Outer Banks Ocean Energy Corp. sees clean energy potential in the windy “First in flight” state.  The Energy Daily (subs. req’d) reports:

Feeling the wind at its back following its recent formal chartering as a new company, the Outer Banks Ocean Energy Corp. announced plans Tuesday to develop a giant wind- and ocean-powered renewable energy project off North Carolina’s coast.

The Outer Banks Ocean Energy Corp. (OBOE) said it is in the early stages of developing the North Carolina Hybrid Energy Preserve, a predominantly wind-based project planned to generate between 200 and 600 megawatts of renewable energy in federal waters up to 25 miles offshore of the Tar Heel State.

But OBOE sees more opportunity for clean energy that never runs out than just offshore wind:

OBOE says it plans to eventually supplement the project’s wind turbines with underwater turbines and other technology to alternately harness steady Gulf Stream wave and current power.

In the meantime, the newly incorporated company says it is preparing to apply by early 2010 with the Energy Department’s Minerals Management Service to initially site the project as an offshore wind farm to be built on four federal lease blocks covering about 24,000 acres.

North Carolina ranks third among states (after Louisiana and Florida) that have the most area in jeopardy from a 5 foot sea level rise — and would lose the equivalent of a Delaware, including, of course, Kitty Hawk where “the Wright brothers made the first controlled powered airplane flights December 17, 1903.”

So perhaps wind and wave and current power might be better for the state.

3 Responses to Huge wind and ocean energy project planned for offshore North Carolina

  1. Bob Wallace says:

    A little off topic, but….

    Norway launches floating wind turbine.

    Currently installed offshore turbine towers are attached to the sea floor and thus are limited in location by water depth. Depths of 60 meters and less are now the restricted range.

    “The turbine known as Hywind, which measures 65 metres (213 feet) tall and weighs 5,300 tonnes, lies some 10 kilometres (seven miles) off the island of Karmoey near the Scandinavian country’s southwestern coastline, the company said.

    It rests upon a floating stand that is anchored to the seabed by three cables. Water and rocks are placed inside the stand to provide balast.

    Hywind can be used in waters from 120 metres to 700 metres deep allowing it to be placed much further away from the shore than static wind turbines already in operation.”

    This opens up some excellent very windy areas off the Northwest Coast of the US.

  2. doctorbiml says:

    I don’t realize it, what do you aid of during the 3rd paragraph?

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