offshore wind http://michiganradio.org en Research buoy shows offshore winds average at least 22 mph in middle of Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/research-buoy-shows-offshore-winds-average-least-22-mph-middle-lake-michigan <p>Wind speed in the middle of Lake Michigan appears to be some of the best in the state for developing wind energy. That’s according to preliminary data from a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/research-buoy-testing-winds-middle-lake-michigan">high-tech research buoy </a>that’s been anchored there all summer.</p><p>It’s pretty common knowledge that it’s windy out here off the Lake Michigan shore. But exactly how windy, and when, and what direction, details about bats and birds; none of that information has been available until now.</p><p>“I suspect that will ramp up some levels of interest in what we’re doing,” said Arn Boezaart.</p><p>Boezaart heads the <a href="http://www.gvsu.edu/marec/">Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center </a>that’s operating the buoy. He revealed the preliminary data at the center’s annual business meeting Monday afternoon.</p><p>“I think we’re demonstrating that we now have the ability to go out onto the Great Lakes and do a very credible and scientifically relevant job of measuring wind speeds, wind capacity that others can use to make whatever decisions they might,” Boezaart said.</p><p>Early data show the average offshore wind speed is at least 22 miles an hour. Wind farms have been built on land in Michigan where wind speeds average around 17 miles an hour. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:20:51 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9222 at http://michiganradio.org Research buoy shows offshore winds average at least 22 mph in middle of Lake Michigan Floating wind farm in the Great Lakes? http://michiganradio.org/post/floating-wind-farm-great-lakes <p>One major investor could make all the difference for a group hoping to test a prototype of a floating offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes. The group needs about $3 million to apply for a <a href="http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-announces-180-million-ambitious-new-initiative-deploy-us-offshore-wind">federal matching grant to support testing</a> the <a href="http://www.glosten.com/pelastar.html">floating wind farm concept.</a></p> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:45:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7134 at http://michiganradio.org Floating wind farm in the Great Lakes? Buoy that could determine viability of offshore wind farm to head back out to Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/buoy-could-determine-viability-offshore-wind-farm-head-back-out-lake-michigan <p>Wednesday&nbsp;state regulators and researchers will head about 35 miles west of Muskegon, near the Michigan-Wisconsin border in Lake Michigan. There they&rsquo;ll survey the bottom of Lake Michigan to make sure there are no historic artifacts in the way when a floating research platform drops anchor there (likely)&nbsp;later this week.</p><p>Arn Boezaart heads the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center. Last year the center operated the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/high-tech-research-buoy-gathers-lots-offshore-wind-data-future-funding-uncertain">buoy only 4 miles offshore</a>. This year it&rsquo;ll collect first of its kind data that&rsquo;ll likely determine whether an offshore wind farm is viable in the middle of Lake Michigan.</p><p>Boezaart says there was a lot more interest in offshore wind data when the project began two-and-a-half years ago.</p><p>&ldquo;The times have changed, the political winds have changed. So we&rsquo;re just minding our business and going forward with the research work that we&rsquo;re charged to do,&quot; Boeazart said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll let other people figure out how the public policy questions and politics of this play out.&rdquo; Tue, 03 Apr 2012 20:10:07 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6896 at http://michiganradio.org Buoy that could determine viability of offshore wind farm to head back out to Lake Michigan High-tech research buoy gathers lots of offshore wind data, but future funding is uncertain http://michiganradio.org/post/high-tech-research-buoy-gathers-lots-offshore-wind-data-future-funding-uncertain <p>An 8-ton research buoy that&rsquo;s been floating around Lake Michigan collecting detailed data about wind conditions offshore has been brought back on land for the winter.&nbsp; With the mild winter the buoy stayed about four miles offshore for twice as long as researchers expected; 58 days instead of 30.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Turning data over to&nbsp;researchers</strong></p><p>Arn Boezaart heads the <a href="http://www.gvsu.edu/marec/">Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center </a>that&rsquo;s operating the buoy from Muskegon. He&rsquo;s been able to see 10 minute averages of wind conditions in real time. But now that the buoy is back on land, he&rsquo;s got data cards with wind data for every second the buoy was out there; plus data on bats and birds that flew by.</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;I literally keep looking at this plastic bag in my brief case with this data card sitting in it and thinking &lsquo;people don&rsquo;t realize how valuable this is,&rdquo; Boezaart said. &ldquo;I sort of feel like I&rsquo;m carrying gold bars in my case here. This is really first of its kind data.&rdquo; Tue, 10 Jan 2012 02:47:42 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5711 at http://michiganradio.org High-tech research buoy gathers lots of offshore wind data, but future funding is uncertain Research buoy testing winds in the middle of Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/research-buoy-testing-winds-middle-lake-michigan <p>An eight ton research buoy is out gathering wind data in Lake Michigan. The $1.3&nbsp;million buoy launched in Muskegon&nbsp;Friday will collect detailed wind data over the next ten years.</p><p>Chris Hart is an Offshore Wind Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy.&nbsp; He says there&rsquo;s only three of these high tech bouys in the world. This was the first one launched in the United States. He says the data will be more detailed than anything they have now.</p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 21:26:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4496 at http://michiganradio.org Research buoy testing winds in the middle of Lake Michigan West Michigan residents voice opposition to offshore wind turbines http://michiganradio.org/post/west-michigan-residents-voice-opposition-offshore-wind-turbines <p>There&rsquo;s been a lot of outside interest in Michigan&rsquo;s coastal wind supply. There have been multiple proposals for land-based wind farms in Michigan. But only a couple of companies have set their sights offshore.</p><p>One company in particular has met some tough opposition.</p><p><a href="http://www.scandiawind.com/">Scandia Wind</a> came to Michigan last year looking to install 50 to 100 wind turbines in Lake Michigan. They had plans to site a wind farm six miles outside of Mason and Oceana counties.</p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:23:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2970 at http://michiganradio.org West Michigan residents voice opposition to offshore wind turbines Two freshman lawmakers hoping to ban wind farms in the Great Lakes near Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/two-freshman-lawmakers-hoping-ban-wind-farms-great-lakes-near-michigan <p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billintroduced/House/htm/2011-HIB-4499.htm">A bill introduced</a> in the state house would ban wind farms in the Michigan&rsquo;s portions of the Great Lakes.</p><p>The bill was co-signed by Republican <a href="http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=100">State Representative Jon Bumstead</a>. His district includes communities along the Lake Michigan shore, north of Muskegon.</p> Sun, 10 Apr 2011 17:29:16 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2000 at http://michiganradio.org Two freshman lawmakers hoping to ban wind farms in the Great Lakes near Michigan