While wind-farms are great for the environment, they’re most often thought of as eyesores. A proposed project from On Office seeks to change that by turning a wind-farm off the coast of Norway into a tourist attraction, complete with a museum and hotel.
According to Ecofriend, the Turbine City project will make use of 49 wind turbines, each rated at 8MW, generating up to 392MW of renewable energy–enough to power 120,000 homes. On Office notes that the oil industry has perfected the use of off-shore foundations, and it also has plenty of capital to invest. With the EU’s new “20% renewable energy by 2020” rule, wind-power has now become a tradeable good. They’re counting on this combination of factors, it seems, to make Turbine City a reality.
This makes sense for Norway, long an environmental leader on multiple fronts, but also in the business of off-shore oil: projects like this would offer an opportunity to transition out of oil while still generating that nice stream of cash associated with energy exports to the rest of Europe. And Norwegians are nothing if not early adopters. After all, if this country can figure out a way to make electricity out of brackish water, why not a tourist attraction out of an off-shore wind-farm?