Wind Ship IV
wind turbine will produce enough energy to power an average home for one day. With a speed of 10 rotations per minute it will power 14,400 homes every day.
Over the next 15 years renewable energy production will increase exponentially, rendering the world’s 810 supertankers obsolete. The value of these tankers will slowly become no more than their scrap metal value.
The goal of Windship Farm, Inc is to repurpose five of these supertankers to collect wind energy, store it in onboard Tesla batteries, then transfer the stored electrical energy to on-shore facilities.
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The wind-powered Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia is now in full operation. It has 1,200 Tesla Powerpacks installed weighing 27,600 tons (25,045 metric tons) with a combined capacity of 150 megawatts. Each Powerpack weighs 23 tons (20.87 metric tons) and costs $1,235,890 (A$1,735,069 or 1,398,856 euros).
This is the cost of the Tesla’s Powerpack lithium-ion units and associated equipment. While this is one of the largest single batteries Tesla has constructed, the Powerpack technology has also been proven on a smaller scale worldwide, and it’s the same technology that is used in Tesla vehicles
A supertanker capacity is 84 million gallons of crude oil weighing 605 million pounds, or 30,250 tons.
With each Tesla Powerpack weighing 23 tons, and having a capacity of storing 1.47 megawatts of energy, a refitted supertanker could carry 1,315 Powerpacks with a storage capacity of 1,933 megawatts, equivalent to 12.8 Hornsdale Power Reserves.
Windship Farm can be placed in the areas of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans where winds are most favorable and sea traffic is least. Being easily maneuverable they can sail out of the way of approaching storms.
When a Windship’s batteries are fully charged, taking approximately 32 days, it can dock at any facility where supertankers dock today. After docking, the ship’s umbilical electric cable can be attached to the local power grid to feed its stored energy into the system, thus reducing the need for fossil fuel electrical generation.