MAN-MADE ‘energy islands’ created by a Portsmouth professor and anchored in the North Sea and the English Channel could help the world meet increasing power demands.
The artificial structures are the brainchild of mechanical engineer Professor Carl Ross from the University of Portsmouth.
They would produce energy by harnessing the power of the wind, tide and sun, and could be towed out to sea to avoid complaints.
The structures would also provide homes for people.
Prof Ross outlines his ideas in an essay, Floating Energy Islands – Producing Multiple Forms of Renewable Energy, co-authored with mechanical engineering student Tien Siew.
He said: ‘One of the problems we are faced with, especially in smaller overcrowded countries such as those found in Europe and Asia, is the Nimby syndrome – that is, the “not in my backyard” reaction of people.
‘People often complain using these renewable methods of producing energy takes up valuable land space, is unsightly, and causes noise.
‘By putting these three renewable energy producing forms on a floating island, we can avoid all these negative points.
‘Two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, so we are not “losing” dry land.
‘In fact, we are colonising the oceans’, he concluded.