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Prototype in development to generate wind energy off California coast

 

Narrator:       This is Science Today. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory partners with several companies in renewable energy and renewable energy resources. One of these partnerships is with a Norwegian company called SWAY, which has developed floating towers for wind turbines located in deep water to generate clean, reliable energy.

Roberts:         The platform they're developing is a demonstration project. It's a to-scale model that they want to test in various places throughout the world. One area is California.

Narrator:        Livermore Lab geophysicist Jeff Roberts says it's a mutually beneficial partnership between atmospheric scientists and engineers.

Roberts:         We know a fair amount about characterizing resources and they know a lot about designing and engineering these platforms and so it was a natural partnership. So, we want to work with them to do a demonstration of their technology in California. I don't know if we have a specific site identified yet and so the timeline is a little bit uncertain.

Narrator:        For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.