Offshore Photographer - how big can theses blades get?
At what point will the blades for offshore wind turbines become too big to be effficient for the production of renewable energy..and feasible to construct.
With new offshore wind farms in development, and the biggest including the Orsted Hornsea One, when will the scale of resources needed to design and build just get too expensive to justify the ROI.
It's useful as an industrial photographer working in the renewables and offshore sectors to get to see the advances of technology, not just the developments but the early stage research, design, test and manufacture of many of the componants. The biggest to date 88.4m XL blade from GErenewables LM Wind will soon be surpassed by a 100m blade, and the generators now being upgraded to 8.8mw will improve the ROI.
Different methods of fixing or even floating the structures in offshore environments using gravity or suction bases is less invasive during construction than piling into the sea bed - using air/bubble curtains to reduce impact to the marine wild life.
Photography of offshore renewables certainly gets you in close proximity to the work, being so close you stand in awe of the sheer scale of the componants, how small the people are and what will be the next jump in development.