Does Ocean Grazer make sense?
Does Ocean Grazer make sense?

Ocean Grazer is a simple technology for buffering energy from offshore wind farms.

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Let’s look at the spec of a turbine, e.g. Siemens SWT-6.0-154:

Nominal Power: 6 MW — This turbine produces 100 kWh every minute.

Rotor Diameter: 154m

Estimation of Size and Capacity

Source: https://youtu.be/GbTsgWD_ZMU?t=50

Based on the Video, there are four tubes, roughly the lenght of a propeller blade (≈70m), with a cross section of maybe 4 m². This results in a volume of ≈1000 m³.

The video also implies that there is one Ocean Grazer per turbine.

Fixed wind farms have a maximal depth of up to 50m, resulting in 5 bar of pressure. Note that this technology should be applicable to floating windfarms as well, at least in principle. Let’s work with 5 bar.

This results in:

Energy Storage: 100–150 kWh

This means that this facility could store all extra energy for at least one minute or produce full capacity energy for one minute if the turbine stops producing.

In practice, this would be a useful buffer that can level out fluctuations on the timescale of several minutes.

Conclusion

Ocean Grazer is more suited as a buffer (as capacitors are), rather than storage (as batteries are).

Photo by Nicholas Doherty on Unsplash

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One response to “Does Ocean Grazer make sense?”

  1. Alexander Schmidt Avatar

    E = m * g * h * η
    I have calculated the stored energy and came to the same result.
    In my opinion, the construction effort is too expensive for the amount of energy stored. Classical pump-storage hydroelectricity on mountains store much more energy.

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