Combining Wind & Wave Power
The UK Government recently announced funding for 11 Floating Off-shore Wind (FOW) projects - each project showcasing and trialling something reasonably unique in the sector. One of these projects is a hybrid wind and wave project by Marine Power Systems. The company is proposing to demonstrate a 2MW scale platform that also simultaneously harnesses 0.5MW of wave energy. Being able to cost-effectively combine the two provides reliability benefits, as well as obvious cost benefits.
Is it a Bike Shed or a Wind Turbine?
It is both. Denmark has the highest penetration of wind energy in the world. It is also a country with a love of cycling. It is estimated that 9 out of every 10 Danes own a bike. So it is really no wonder they are looking at ways to combine the two! This image shows a re-purposed wind turbine as a bike shed.