Research buoy shows offshore winds average at least 22 mph
Date: September 25, 2012
Research buoy shows offshore winds average at least 22 mph in middle of Lake Michigan
By Lindsey Smith
Story originally published on MichiganRadio.org
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 high-tech research buoy that’s been anchored there all summer.
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.
“I suspect that will ramp up some levels of interest in what we’re doing,” said Arn Boezaart.
Boezaart heads the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center that’s operating the buoy. He revealed the preliminary data at the center’s annual business meeting Monday afternoon.
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