Aikido Technologies aims to make it easier for offshore wind energy to be deployed quickly.
Last May, inside a sprawling building in the Netherlands, a team from a California-based startup stood next to a deep indoor pool and waited for a wave machine to be turned on, simulating the open ocean. Then they watched as a 10-foot-long scale model of their wind turbine was towed into the water.
At first, the tower floated flat on its side. Then, as ballasts at its base filled with water, it pulled itself upright. The pop-up device, from a company called Aikido Technologies, is designed to make it easier for offshore wind energy to be deployed quickly.