Technology Assessment & Development

Floating Frontiers: Offshore Wind in the U.S. Environmental Considerations

Source/Sponsor: 
The Business Network for Offshore Wind
Creator/Author: 
Ross Tyler
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Thursday, August 9, 2018
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Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 1452, 2020

Source/Sponsor: 
Wind Energy Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Creator/Author: 
Multiple
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On behalf of the North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA) and the International Conference on Future Technologies in Wind Energy (WindTech), we are pleased to present the accompanying papers that were prepared in association with the NAWEA WindTech 2019 Conference. The conference was organized by the Wind Energy Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with the European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE) and with the support of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The theme of the conference was the Grand Vision for Wind Energy, reflecting the consensus of the organizers that wind can provide a very large fraction of the world’s energy.  At the same time there are issues to be addressed before this vision can be fully realized.  Many of these issues were laid out in a article entitled “Grand Challenges in the Science Of Wind Energy,” which grew out of a recent International Energy Agency Technical Expert Meeting; many of the participants in the present conference were authors of that article.  The topics of this conference were chosen due to their relevance to the motivation of that article, namely the scientific challenges of supplying one third to one half of the North American electricity supply with wind in the next few decades.
 
The topics of the conference were the following
  • Wind Resource
  • Metocean design conditions
  • Turbine technology
  • Structures, safety, reliability
  • Controls: turbine and wind plant
  • Offshore wind energy
  • Wind plant design
  • Distributed wind power/hybrid power systems
  • Social science
  • Education/research: undergraduate – post doctoral

The accompanying papers were organized by the following scientific area leads:

  • Julie Lundquist, University of Colorado Boulder: Wind resource
  • James Edson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Metocean design conditions
  • Caroline Draxl, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Metocean design conditions
  • Todd Griffith, University of Texas Dallas: Turbine technology
  • Sanjay Arwade University of Massachusetts Amherst: Structures, safety, reliability
  • Rupp Carriveau, University of Windsor, Structures, safety, reliability
  • Eric Simley, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Controls
  • David Schlipf, University of Flensburg: Controls
  • Jason Jonkman National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Wind plant design
  • Matt Churchfield, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Wakes
  • Amy Robertson, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Offshore wind energy
  • Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Distributed wind power/hybrid power systems
  • Bonnie Ram, University of Delaware: Social science
  • Tom Acker, Norther Arizona University: Education

We would like to thank all of the scientific area leads and the many people who contributed to the success of the conference, particularly Jody Lally of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who coordinated all the logistics.

James F. Manwell Chair, NAWEA WindTech 2019 University of Massachusetts Amherst
Paul Veers Chair, NAWEA WindTech 2019 National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
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Cost of Floating Offshore Wind Energy Using New England Aqua Ventus Concrete Semisubmersible Technology

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Source/Sponsor: 
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Creator/Author: 
Walter Musial, Philipp Beiter, and Jake Nunemaker
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Abstract: The State of Maine has a technical electricity generation potential from offshore wind of up to 411 terawatt-hours/year. Up to 88% of the state's offshore wind generation potential is in deep waters, thereby requiring floating offshore wind technology to access this resource. Given competing coastal uses, it is likely all the viable offshore wind energy resource is over waters deeper than 60 meters. However, relative to the 11.21 terawatt-hours of electric consumption by Maine (consumed in 2017), the technical offshore wind resource potential is abundant. This report provides cost, technological, and resource data for floating offshore wind technology deployment at a hypothetical reference site representative of conditions in the Gulf of Maine.

 

 

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Friday, January 17, 2020
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New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan Released

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Creator/Author: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
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New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has coordinated on behalf of the State all the work being conducted by New York State agencies in the development of offshore wind resources. As part of its leadership role, NYSERDA spearheaded the development of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, a comprehensive roadmap that encourages the development of offshore wind in a manner that is sensitive to environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues while addressing market barriers and aiming to lower costs.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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Offshore Wind Energy Resource Assessment for Alaska

Source/Sponsor: 
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Creator/Author: 
Paula Doubrawa, George Scott, Walt Musial, Levi Kilcher, Caroline Draxl, and Eric Lantz
Description: 

This report quantifies Alaska’s offshore wind resource capacity while focusing on its unique nature. It is a supplement to the existing U.S. Offshore Wind Resource Assessment, which evaluated the offshore wind resource for all other U.S. states (Musial et al. 2016). Together, these reports provide the foundation for the nation’s offshore wind value proposition. Both studies were developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The analysis presented herein represents the first quantitative evidence of the offshore wind energy potential of Alaska. 

The net energy potential for Alaska is estimated to be 12,087 TWh/year, which is substantially higher than the statewide electricity consumption of approximately 6 TWh/year and higher than the total U.S. consumption of 3,711 TWh/year (U.S. EIA 2017c).

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Sunday, December 31, 2017
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Northeast Offshore Wind Regional Market Characterization Report

Source/Sponsor: 
NYSERDA, MassCEC, MADOER, RI Office of Energy Resources, Clean Energy States Alliance
Creator/Author: 
Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC
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The Northeast Offshore Wind Regional Market Characterization report identifies the opportunities and challenges that will shape the offshore wind market. It estimates the scale of potential offshore wind deployment to serve Northeast markets through 2030, given the nature of the offshore wind resource, federal lease opportunities, state policies, regional energy needs, existing electricity generation and planned retirements, and transmission capacity. The report finds that a low regional deployment trajectory could lead to 4,000 megawatts of offshore wind generation by 2030 off the Atlantic coast of the Northeast. A high regional deployment trajectory could lead to nearly 8,000 megawatts, which could power almost four million homes. The report also provides background information on topics ranging from interconnection infrastructure and permitting timelines to electricity markets and relevant public policies.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017
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2016 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report Released by DOE

Source/Sponsor: 
U.S. Department of Energy
Creator/Author: 
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
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The 2016 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and is intended to provide offshore wind policymakers, regulators, developers, researchers, engineers, financiers, and supply chain participants, with quantitative information about the offshore wind market, technology, and cost trends in the United States and worldwide. 
 
In particular, this report is intended to provide detailed information on the domestic offshore wind industry to provide context to help navigate technical and market barriers and opportunities. The scope of the report covers the status of the 111 operating offshore wind projects in the global fleet through December 31, 2016, and provides the status and analysis on a broader pipeline of 593 projects at some stage of development. In addition, this report provides a wider assessment of domestic developments and events through the second quarter of 2017 to provide a more up-to-date discussion of this dynamically evolving industry.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
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$700,000 in Funding for Offshore Wind Research Projects

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Creator/Author: 
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Description: 

A press release announced that the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center awarded $700,000 to nine Massachusetts academic and research institutions for studies related to offshore wind development. "The funding will support three offshore wind research projects to identify industry workforce training and safety requirements; establish a multi-university partnership focused on innovation and driving down costs; and develop a new technique to monitor the structural health of wind blades."

This document is on the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center website at: http://www.masscec.com/about-masscec/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-700000-funding-offshore-wind-research

Publication Date: 
Friday, August 26, 2016
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Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project - Task Force Meeting

Source/Sponsor: 
Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project
Creator/Author: 
Dominion Virginia Power
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This presentation reviews Virginia's offshore wind background and accomplishments. It addresses VOWTAP project specifics

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2016
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