Floating Renewable Energy Plant Prototype Unveiled In California

While massive amounts of oil continue to spill into the Gulf of Mexico, it’s more important than ever to remember our offshore energy alternatives: the Poseidon Floating Power Plant, for instance (which comes to us by way of Inhabitat).

The Danish company known as Floating Power Plant introduced their prototype Poseidon 37 power generator at the recent Nordic Green II conference in Merino Park, California, a unique gathering of green minds and “thought leaders” from the Nordic countries and the Bay Area. The 754 foot long commercial plant makes use of technology developed to to keep oil rigs afloat in high seas and will produce 50 gigawatt-hours of hydro (through wave power) and wind power each year.

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image via Inhabitat

The key to this floating power plant is its stability, as wind farms tend to fare best in rough, choppy seas that test the limits of the toughest materials and fittings. By borrowing from designs developed through the extensively funded R & D of the oil industry–while making use of all of the clean energy sources available at sea–the Poseidon 37 holds great promise for clean offshore energy.

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.