Wind farm cables being monitored
Professor John King, from the University of Rhode Island's School of Oceanography, and his crew, performed Electromagnetic Field cable readings at the Town Beach on Monday, Dec. 18. The device they are dragging along the sand is called the SEMLA, which is an acronym for Swedish Electromagnetic Low-noise Apparatus, as it was created by Swedish engineer Peter Sigray.
King and his crew were hired by National Grid, who was directed by the Coastal Resources Management Council, to conduct EMF monitoring of Grid's sea2shore cable, and Deepwater Wind's export cable associated with the Block Island Wind Farm. The monitoring is done to ensure the safety of the cable and was conducted while the wind farm was operating, with all five turbines capturing wind energy.
Learn more about this story in The Block Island Times.