Canada: Wind buoy to help make a switch from diesel to renewable energy supply

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Off-grid communities tend to rely heavily on diesel power for their energy needs. A new wind buoy could help remote coastal communities ditch their diesel dependence.

Official Press Release University of Victoria:

Wind buoy could help remote coastal communities ditch diesel dependence

Weighing in at 5,500 kg, a locally designed and manufactured buoy will be the first of its kind in BC waters to relay rich data about offshore wind. The buoy is part of a unique University of Victoria project to help remote BC coastal communities replace or reduce their diesel requirements by harnessing wind power from the sea. It will be deployed in November near Trial Island.

Currently, off-grid communities tend to rely heavily on diesel power for their energy needs. This project adds a future option to use renewable energy sources, such as wind, to meet electrical requirements. The highly customized buoy—measuring six metres long by three metres wide by nine metres tall and equipped with a wind turbine and 3D laser-scanning system—introduces an... ... More: Official Press Release University of Victoria

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