Hi Vivwells - were the wind turbines you mentioned viewed from the road from Gibraltar to Cadiz? We have a house near Cadiz and we pass a 'field' of them every time we go there - yes they are an amazing sight. However I have to say that I wouldn't like to see them in Corfu.
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Quote: Originally posted by orchardlane on 24ï¿½Julyï¿½2009
Hi Vivwells - were the wind turbines you mentioned viewed from the road from gibraltar to cadiz? We have a house near cadiz and we pass a 'field' of them every time we go there - yes they are an amazing sight. However I have to say that I wouldn't like to see them in Corfu.
These were in the Alpujarra mountain range,(or possibly the Sierra Nevada!) on the way to a town called Orgiva. They were nowhere near any habitation and maybe some might say they spoiled the view, but I thought they were magnificent. Certainly better than a coal-fired power station!
Message posted by Daniel&Sylvie on 25 July 2009 at 2:36pm - IP Logged
However, going back to my earlier post, IF a wind farm was to be considered in offshore waters around Corfu, then the stretch between San Stephanos beach and Mathrakeon/Othoni is the only viable location.
I understand (I'm no expert on wind farms) that the preference is not to construct them in water depths of more than 30m due to complexity and cost. With this in mind, if you take a line from Stephanos to Mathrakion and then on to Othoni there are tracts of the seabed that are within these limits (although in the latter instance it does shelve to 37m about a mile and a half from Othoni) and even then, is only about two miles wide.
Going north towards Sunset beach, there is a 28/29m contour line just about a mile offshore - after that the depth drops very quickly to 48m (within two miles) and reaches 60/70m between there and Erikoussa. In fact the whole trangular area bounded by the islands (Sistas Othonon) is at these sort of depths.
East of Cape Drastis, the situation is much the same, with the depth dropping to the 40m plus mark a couple of miles out and once you get to Acharavi, the depth is 50m or more.
Going south from Stephanos, the situation is much the , with deep water (40m plus) being a no more than a mile from the coast. The exception is in the are of Lake Korission, but even there, the strip of "shallow" water is only a couple of miles wide.
The point that I'm trying to make here is that, whilst Corfu might be surrounded by the sea, there would appear to be few areas where it is practicable to build a wind farm, unless, that is, it's seriously in your face. It might seem that at a mile or two away would be far enough not to have a major impact; the trouble is that it is notoriously difficult to judge distances at sea. With this in mind, note that Dhiaplo (the small island between Stephanos and Othoni is about 2 miles off the beach and Othoni itself is about 5 miles.
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