Floating wind in deeper waters, integrating UK approaches to US process for offshore wind farm consent, geotechnical and structural clustering of turbine jackets, and the return on design experience will be covered in a series of poster presentations as we head to New York for the AWEA Wind Power Conference.
The posters, which have been written by a group of offshore wind specialists from various disciplines including geotechnical engineering and energy, will be presented on Tuesday 24 October at the Roosevelt Hotel, New York.
Una Brosnan’s poster “Floating Wind – Unlocking Innovative Foundations for Deeper Waters” addresses the potential that floating offshore wind costs have to reach as low as £85/MWh, should the floating concept reach commercial scale deployment in the 2020s. The challenge ahead is to realise the next phase of developing floating wind technologies at commercial scale, possibly unlocking deep waters across the globe.
Kimberly Fitzgibbons will present her poster “Integrating UK Rochdale Envelope Approach into US NEPA Process for Consenting Offshore Windfarms” focusing on the Rochdale Envelope (RE) approach which is used extensively in environmental impact assessments (EIA) in the UK. The aim of the presentation will be to discuss the pros and cons of integrating the RE approach into the NEPA process for lead federal agency decision-making.
Jim Byrne will address “Geotechnical and Structural Clustering of Pre-Piled Offshore Wind Turbine Jackets” as authored by Alex Hall. This will cover the vast areas taken by offshore wind farms, significant variations of water depths and ground conditions between individual turbine locations, and the consequent need for a clustering strategy in terms of jacket design.
Mathieu Guinard will present his co-authored poster, setting out the return on foundation design experience for pre-pile Offshore Wind Turbine Jackets, and the standardisation of jacket design, fabrication and reduction of installation costs.
The AWEA Offshore Windpower conference includes presentation panels, project updates, discussions delivered by a dedicated and thriving global community of top developers and experts, and is the largest gathering of offshore wind experts in the US.