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Title: Moving Toward Cost-Competitive, Commercial Floating Wind Energy

Abstract

This presentation, delivered at the US Offshore Wind 2018 conference in Boston, puts forth three keys points regarding the advancement of floating offshore wind energy technology. First, the complex physics, economics, and logistics of an offshore floating wind plant make the engineering approach well suited to a system-focused solution to maximize performance and minimize cost. This approach involves the assembly of a computational framework that accounts for all the major engineering elements and the entire plant balance sheet, but it does not replace or minimize the value of experience. Second, several system-friendly technologies and design practices are already in development or in the scientific literature; a selection of these technologies and design practices are briefly discussed. Finally, advocating for an integrated systems approach to floating offshore wind energy is a little academic when the market and industry realities are such that different companies own different components that comprise the larger system. The industry may have to evolve to offer vertically integrated, whole-system products, perhaps evolving to resemble the aerospace industry with prime contractors. This may seem like a difficult transition, but the U.S. Department of Energy and its national laboratories can help develop and transfer technology to lower the riskmore » involved.« less

Authors:
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  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (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:
1457672
Report Number(s):
NREL/PR-5000-71659
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the U.S. Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition 2018, 7-8 June 2018, Boston, Massachusetts
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; floating wind energy; wave; water; turbine; wave energy converter; WEC; offshore; floating technology; Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization; MDAO

Citation Formats

Barter, Garrett E. Moving Toward Cost-Competitive, Commercial Floating Wind Energy. United States: N. p., 2018. Web.
Barter, Garrett E. Moving Toward Cost-Competitive, Commercial Floating Wind Energy. United States.
Barter, Garrett E. Fri . "Moving Toward Cost-Competitive, Commercial Floating Wind Energy". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1457672.
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