One of the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm is Japan’s Fukushima Forward project. Operational since 2013, it now includes three turbines with a total capacity of 14 MW. This accounts for nearly half of the approximately 30 MW global capacity.
Offshore wind has been one of the biggest renewable energy success stories. In 2016, in Europe alone, there were 3,589 grid-connected wind turbines, with an average capacity of 4.8 MW.
Europe has led the way, at least partially, because it benefits from large areas of shallow seabed. On average, those turbines are in water just 29m deep. This has made Europe an ideal nursery for the fledgling industry, but once you get to depths greater than 50m, fixed-foundation structures increase in cost and complexity. As a result, advanced economies with deeper coastal waters, such as the U.S. and Japan, have fewer suitable sites for fixed-foundation wind farms. Access to offshore wind energy for such sites will depend heavily on floating structures to support turbines in such deeper waters. (Information from Windpower Engineering & Development)
God talks of the wind in the Bible: both the power and His control over the winds! – John 3:8-The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth.
We are not able to see the wind itself, but we can see what the wind does! Even authors compare the hard times in our lives to ‘coming as a windy time in my life’. The wind is a great example of God’s control, His strength, and His care!! Let’s put our trust in Him to guide, provide and keep us even through the windy sections of our life!
Mark 4:39-41 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the seas, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
This same God cares about us and our individual challenges! He wants to ‘calm the seas’ of your heart and life? Will you let him?
Come unto me, all that are weary and heavy-laden is His plea!