The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded USD 21 million in funding for three projects supporting offshore wind energy technology demonstration and resource characterization.
The projects will support offshore wind development by demonstrating innovative technologies not previously commercially used in the U.S. and by improving the ability to forecast energy production, DOE said.
Atkins will develop a full-scale design of a floating offshore wind platform capable of supporting a 10+ MW turbine, using a scale model testing and simulation methodology previously used for oil & gas floating production facilities. It is planned for installation and grid connection at the Mayflower Wind lease area.
The University of Maine will design, demonstrate, and validate a synthetic rope mooring for floating wind turbines, which is expected to reduce the impact of offshore wind development on commercial fishing and reduce costs. It…