[caption id="attachment_15175" align="alignnone" width="620" caption="British Energy Secretary Ed Davey (l) with Anders Eldrup, CEO of Danish wind and power provider Dong Energy, in February. Dong is a partner in the 367-megawatt Walney Wind Farm off northwest England - the world's largest operating offshore wind farm."] Siemens wind turbines in the North Sea off Denmark, fixed to the seabed. Siemens is among the companies developing 'floating' turbines.
US Energy Secretary Steven Chu and his UK counterpart Edward Davey are set to announce that the two countries will jointly develop offshore wind turbines that don't require anchoring to the seabed. "Floating" turbines potentially cut maintenance and installation costs and allow operations further out at sea.
The agreement is the "initial focus" of a broader memorandum of understanding that the U.S. and UK will sign this week to collaborate in energy development, according to a press release from the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
"The UK and US will agree to collaborate in the development of floating wind technology designed to generate power in deep waters currently off limits to conventional turbines but where the wind is much stronger," DECC said.
The UK has more offshore wind capacity than any other country. Davey, who heads DECC, said that he expects floating turbines to play a big role in Britain's carbon-reduced future.