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Floating Wind Power Gets a Step Up in Spain’s Canary Islands

  • Technology can expand clean energy to places with little space
  • COP25 talks in Madrid highlights effort to spur clean energy
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Struggling to end their reliance on expensive fossil fuels for power generation, Spain’s Canary Islands are set to become a test bed for the latest technology in wind energy.

The islands situated more than 600 miles south of the Iberian peninsula have limited space for renewables such as solar and wind farms, and the surrounding waters quickly become too deep for traditional offshore foundations. One solution is making wind turbines that float, a pioneering technology with the potential to deploy electric generation plants beyond the sight of tourists on the beach.