A researcher says that ice during winter months on Lake Michigan shouldn't block potential wind turbine farms.
Published reports say the initial conclusion is from University of Michigan marine engineer Dale G. Karr, based upon his work for the U.S. Department of Energy studying Great Lakes ice and its impact on wind turbine towers.
Karr discussed his work Monday at Grand Valley State University's Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon. Karr's research has looked at several models of the effects of ice on Great Lakes turbines, including pressure on turbine platforms.
The Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center's Director Arn Boezaart says offshore wind production would be about three times the cost of onshore wind farms, such as those already built in Michigan.