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Title: Offshore Wind Energy Resource Assessment for Alaska

Abstract

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. Together, these reports provide the foundation for the nation's offshore wind value proposition. Both studies were developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The analysis presented herein represents the first quantitative evidence of the offshore wind energy potential of Alaska. The technical offshore wind resource area in Alaska is larger than the technical offshore resource area of all other coastal U.S. states combined. Despite the abundant wind resource available, significant challenges inhibit large-scale offshore wind deployment in Alaska, such as the remoteness of the resource, its distance from load centers, and the wealth of land available for onshore wind development. Throughout this report, the energy landscape of Alaska is reviewed and a resource assessment analysis is performed in terms of gross and technical offshore capacity and energy potential.

Authors:
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
OSTI Identifier:
1417728
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-5000-70553
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; offshore wind energy; assessment; Alaska; analysis

Citation Formats

Doubrawa Moreira, Paula, Scott, George N., Musial, Walter D., Kilcher, Levi F., Draxl, Caroline, and Lantz, Eric J.. Offshore Wind Energy Resource Assessment for Alaska. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1417728.
Doubrawa Moreira, Paula, Scott, George N., Musial, Walter D., Kilcher, Levi F., Draxl, Caroline, & Lantz, Eric J.. Offshore Wind Energy Resource Assessment for Alaska. United States. doi:10.2172/1417728.
Doubrawa Moreira, Paula, Scott, George N., Musial, Walter D., Kilcher, Levi F., Draxl, Caroline, and Lantz, Eric J.. Tue . "Offshore Wind Energy Resource Assessment for Alaska". United States. doi:10.2172/1417728. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1417728.
@article{osti_1417728,
title = {Offshore Wind Energy Resource Assessment for Alaska},
author = {Doubrawa Moreira, Paula and Scott, George N. and Musial, Walter D. and Kilcher, Levi F. and Draxl, Caroline and Lantz, Eric J.},
abstractNote = {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. Together, these reports provide the foundation for the nation's offshore wind value proposition. Both studies were developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The analysis presented herein represents the first quantitative evidence of the offshore wind energy potential of Alaska. The technical offshore wind resource area in Alaska is larger than the technical offshore resource area of all other coastal U.S. states combined. Despite the abundant wind resource available, significant challenges inhibit large-scale offshore wind deployment in Alaska, such as the remoteness of the resource, its distance from load centers, and the wealth of land available for onshore wind development. Throughout this report, the energy landscape of Alaska is reviewed and a resource assessment analysis is performed in terms of gross and technical offshore capacity and energy potential.},
doi = {10.2172/1417728},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Jan 02 00:00:00 EST 2018},
month = {Tue Jan 02 00:00:00 EST 2018}
}

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