Hexicon Wind Turbine Complex Possible Off Coast Of Sweden

There’s no doubt about it; Scandinavia has offshore wind, and Scandinavia is developing offshore wind power.  Not content, apparently, to let Norway get too far ahead in developing this promising source of renewable energy, Sweden is now getting in on the act with the Hexicon, a floating offshore wind power plant.

The Hexicon was named because of its unconventional formation, which features a number of  turbines in the familiar geometrical formation linked by a central hub. The 360m (1181ft) diameter platform can accommodate seven to eight large turbines, according to GreenMuze, and is capable of generating 40MW of power.

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image via GreenMuze

The Hexicon wind plant was designed to function in any kind of weather conditions virtually maintenance-free, thanks to something called the Fagerdala Hull-System, which apparently reduces service needs and extends the lifespan of the platform. The manufacturers see the Hexicon as a flexible solution for creating a sustainable energy source with reduced costs and improved aesthetics.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.