Unveiled For Wind Turbines Off Burnham-On-Sea
to 20 floating pontoons - each housing four wind turbines - could be
built just off Burnham-on-Sea in Bridgwater Bay in an attempt to harness
energy from wind, tide and waves.
The energy from the platforms - which would reportedly be 200 metres wide and 70 metres tall - would be converted into electricity via underground generators.
Under the proposals crosses would be anchored into the seabed with an underwater generator attached and a wind tower rising out of each from the water. As well as providing electricity for the area, the towers would act as a sea defence by serving as a buffer against waves crashing against the fragile Sedgemoor shoreline.
Burnham-On-Sea councillor Neville Jones said the towers would be an eyesore and a possible hazard to shipping. "We get a lot of people here mooring their boats and going across to Wales," he said.
Robert Kirby, who has developed the proposals, was quoted by the BBC
as saying: "The platforms would be a long way out to sea, and would
merge into the landscape. And we need new sources of energy."
follow a £50,000 study last year into the 'total energy extractors'.
The Environment Agency has backed the idea, which now requires a further
study expected to cost up to £500,000.
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