Sunday, June 13, 2010

Shimizu's Floating Island Concept

This cross sectional view illustrates the full height and depth of the tower, both above and below the sea surface. The apparent top-heaviness may require additional ballast below the center -- such as an inverted tower with adjustable ballast tanks.
This near-aerial view demonstrates the surface extent of the floating island in comparison to the size of the central tower. Such a large surface area allows for significant wave control.
The modular view illustrates the potential for growth when multiple cells and modules are combined. Since greater size will reduce surface mobility, it will be important to enhance wave control to compensate for inability to move away from large storms.
Cross sectional view emphasizes functional components of the design.
Step by step construction is illustrated by this view. The solution to the ballast problem becomes apparent as one proceeds through the steps.

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