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Wind is one of the most abundant renewable energy resources on the planet. The wind turbine industry is built around Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines (HAWT). Onshore this technology can be deployed with little or no Government subsidies; Offshore HAWT still has significant financial challenges to be cost effective. The shallow water opportunities for offshore HAWT are gradually being developed, forcing the market to consider deeper water locations, requiring floating structures.
Kite energy solutions can be developed for circa half the price of conventional HAWT in 40m of water, and substantially lower cost for deeper water.
So we are now at a crossroads in making a technology decision; does the industry plough more money in to finding lower cost solutions for floating HAWT, or do we hedge our bets and develop deep water kite energy systems?
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Bill is a founder director of Kite Power Solutions limited, established in 2011. Bill has over twenty years' experience in the maritime industry creating hydro mechanical solutions for complex storage and handling problems on numerous super yachts.