GVSU Lake Michigan wind buoy collecting data for potential offshore wind...

Date: October 18, 2012

By Dave Alexander, October 18th, 2012.
Story originally published on mlive.com

GVSU Lake Michigan wind buoy collecting data for potential offshore wind farm developments.

MUSKEGON, MI – As a public controversy and a viable alternative energy source, Lake Michigan offshore wind farms have disappeared from West Michigan radar screens.

But the Grand Valley State University Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center continues to directly study the wind patterns in the middle of Lake Michigan, gathering a tremendous volume of data for future scientists and wind energy developers.

The bottom line of the initial GVSU research data: There is plenty of wind in the middle of Lake Michigan for commercial wind energy production. The steady and consistent winds are closer to the surface of the water than expected.

And when the issue of commercial offshore wind farms again surfaces as a public debate in West Michigan, it will be a completely different conversation than when Scandia Offshore Wind proposed hundreds of wind turbines for the near-shore waters of Lake Michigan from Ludington to Grand Haven.

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GVSU has a research platform in the middle of Lake Michigan that uses laser technology to gain wind data. Image originally published on mlive.com.
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