Growing up in Smalltown USA, I never had a want for more space. I lived in a small town, population about 2,000, where we had all of the space we wanted. It wasn’t until I moved to Northern Virginia that I began to realize how cramped a good portion of us live. As the worlds population increases, this problem is only going to get worse. So what are we supposed to do when there is no more land to give us the space we want and need? Enter Chen Xingnuo and his oceanic wind turbines.
Chen designed a wind turbine that has the ability to anchor to the sea floor at depths of over 2,000 feet. The concept of the design it to allow the ocean to move freely over, around, and through the shells of the unit. This design will allow for a minimal amount of surface area that is in contact with the water, which will help stop the unit, especially the turbines, from eroding. The turbines will work the same as wind turbines on land, capturing wind to produce energy from the rotation of the turbines. The only difference is that the turbine will be in the middle of the ocean, and the energy will be stored in a floating storage facility until it is needed. Now the only thing needed would be the floating island to attach it to!
What do you guys think, is this a possible source of energy in the future? Do you see humans migrating to “floating cities” to get away from the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded land masses. I do see this technology having some benefits already. If combined with solar energy and wave energy, these turbines could be used to power our structures already out at sea, such as oil rigs (clean energy fueling the extraction of dirty energy).