Frequently Asked Questions
Question: With the heavy weight of the wind turbines on deck, why does the ship not capsize?
Answer: Each GE Haliade 15-6 Wind Turbine weighs 2,100 tons, including the nacelle and the mast. The weight of the two turbines on the deck of the supertanker would be 4,200 tons. However, the weight of the 1,315 Tesla Powerpacks in the hold of the ship would be 30,000 tons. This weight differential would lower the center of gravity to a point well below the waterline, thereby counteracting any tendency of the ship to capsize, even in heavy seas.
Question: Will strong winds damage the turbine?
Answer: Energy production increases as the wind speed increases, however, if the wind speed exceeds 50 miles an hour, damage can occur to the turbine. Automatic sensors stop the turbine if the wind is too strong. The individual blades can also be rotated to an edge-on position when they are stopped, thus presenting the least surface area to the wind.
Question: Can the Windship and/or the turbine's computers be hacked?
Answer: Windship Farm will have an IT software engineer whose primary function will be to protect our computer networks from on-line threats.
Network security includes several functions, including:
Network traffic monitoring
Malware detection and eradication
Off-line mimicking of cyber attacks
Control of network access
To aid in our cyber security, we will use two sophisticated security tools:
Wireshark is open-source network software that analyzes protocols and security. A password auditing and packet sniffer will monitor the network and internet traffic in real-time.
Kali Linux provides security services such as, penetration testing, security research, computer forensics and reverse engineering
Question: This idea is so farfetched it belongs in Fantasyland. Isn’t it all a gimmick, some sort of Ponzi scheme designed to just grab a pile of our money?
Answer: Farfetched? Yes. Gimmick? Sort of. Ponzi scheme? No. The Zoroaster, built in 1878, was the world’s first oil tanker. The idea, proposed by Ludwig Nobel, brother of Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and for whom the Novel Prize was named, was that instead of filling wooden barrels with oil, then loading them on ships for transportation, why not build a large ship with oil storage tanks in the hold, then run a pipeline from the oilfield to the harbor to fill the ship’s oil tanks.
Nobel’s idea of an oil tanker was met with resistance and many maritime professionals spoke out, saying the idea could never work. “Farfetched” was one of the milder terms tossed around by Nobel’s critics. However, he persisted, working against conventional wisdom, and within two years the ship and pipeline were built.
The Zoroaster, named for the Persian prophet of the same name, went into service transporting lamp oil to Astrakhan and Baku on the Volga River and to other ports on the Caspian Sea.
The first wind turbine capable of producing electricity was built in 1887 by Professor James Blyth. He used the power to light his holiday cottage. When he offered his excess energy to the village of Marykirk, they refused, saying “Electricity was the work of the devil”. Later on he built a wind turbine to supply energy to the local lunatic asylum, but his invention never caught on during his lifetime because it was considered economically unfeasible, or as some might say, “Farfetched.”
Today there are hundreds of oil tankers, including 770 supertankers, plying the seas, delivering petroleum products to power the world’s economies.
340,000 wind turbines are in operation around the world helping to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. These turbines produce 740 gigawatts of power annually, reducing global CO2 emissions by over a billion tons.
Battery technology has advanced exponentially since the turn of the century. Tesla Powerpacks store huge amounts of energy in places such as Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia, Yuba County California, and the Kearny Mesa Battery Storage Project near San Diego California, to name a few, are storing wind-generated energy to supply the power grid.
Windship Farm, Inc. will bring together three proven technologies; wind turbines, supertankers, and large-scale battery storage, to produce mobile offshore wind energy production and delivery systems with a zero carbon footprint.