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41 Offshore Wind Power R&D Projects Receive Energy Department Funding

September 7, 2011 - 3:02pm

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Department of Energy Awards $43 Million to speed technical innovations, lower costs, and shorten the timeline for deploying offshore wind energy systems.

 

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U.S. Offshore Wind: Technology Development Funding Opportunity

Modeling & Analysis Design Tools to Assess Offshore Wind Turbine Technologies (Topic Area 1.1-1.5)

Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC - NREL

Golden, CO

$1,500,000

This project will improve computer-aided-engineering tools to design and assess a wide range of floating offshore wind platform concepts.

Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC - NREL

Golden, CO

$1,200,000

This project will produce an offshore wind farm simulation tool to improve designs by maximizing energy capture and minimizing structural fatigue from wave and wind impacts.

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA

$1,200,000

This project will develop a computer model “Cyber Wind Facility” to generate data over an entire wind turbine farm both on and offshore simulating wind and wave impacts on wind turbine structures.

Regents of the University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

$1,200,000

This project will develop a computational framework to simulate wave and wind interactions with offshore wind farm designs.

Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC - NREL

Golden, CO

$400,000

This project will develop software to simulate offshore conditions including wind and waves associated with extreme events, such as hurricanes, to help design more robust offshore wind turbines.

Regents of the University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

$400,000

This project will develop a modeling tool to simulate surface water ice impact on offshore wind turbine designs, especially designs involving innovative substructures.

Texas Engineering Experiment Station

College Station, TX

$400,000

This project will build on existing computer models to simulate mooring dynamics of offshore wind turbines taking into account a variety of interactions between platform anchors and the seabed.

DNV Renewables (USA) Inc.

Seattle, WA

$390,000

This project will provide a computational tool to simulate how an offshore wind turbine platform is structurally impacted by interactions with ice on the surface of the water in regions such as the Arctic or the Great Lakes.

Innovative Offshore Wind Plant System Design Studies (Topic Area 2)

Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC  (NREL)

Golden, CO

$500,000

This project will assess the design of a 500 megawatt wind plant comprised of 10 megawatt wind turbines in the Western Gulf of Mexico to demonstrate the cost effectiveness of deploying offshore wind farms in hurricane-prone regions.

Clear Path Energy, LLC

San Francisco, CA

$500,000

This project will create a conceptual design for an offshore wind turbine farm that can be deployed in water deeper than 35 meters using innovative foundation technology.

Freshwater Wind I, LLC

Cleveland, OH

$500,000

This project will develop a computational model to study how existing wind turbine systems could be optimized for shallow water conditions found in the Great Lakes.

Nautica Windpower LLC

Olmsted Falls, OH

$500,000

This project will develop a conceptual design for a deep water offshore wind farm using lightweight floating platforms with improved access for maintenance.

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

$500,000

This project will analyze design trade-offs for offshore wind farms in 20-40 meter water depth for turbine production, deployment, and maintenance in order to maximize energy production, improve reliability, reduce and simplify operations at sea, and decrease operating and capital cost.

Virginia Electric and Power Company (Dominion)

Richmond, VA

$500,000

This project will analyze performance and cost-of-energy estimates of a hypothetical 600 megawatt offshore wind project for a variety of sites on the U.S. Atlantic coastline in water depths up to 60 meters.

The Glosten Associates, Inc.

Seattle, WA

$400,000

This project will consider specific technology elements needed to integrate a floating foundation with an existing wind turbine for deploying offshore wind farms in water depths exceeding 60 meters.

Innovative Offshore Wind Turbine Component Development (Topic Area 3.1-3.2)

Alstom Power Inc.

Richmond, VA

$4,140,000

This project will develop an advanced control system integrating innovative sensors and wind turbine and floating platform designs to maximize energy production while minimizing unwanted impacts to turbine structures.

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

$4,140,000

This project will produce designs for Vertical Axis Wind Turbines which could significantly reduce the cost of offshore wind energy generation.

Siemens Energy Inc.

Orlando, FL

$4,090,000

This project will investigate the use of various passive aerodynamic control technologies capable of significantly improving the aerodynamic performance of wind turbine blades and decreasing the cost of energy.

Zimitar, Inc.

San Francisco, CA

$4,000,000

This project will create designs for two-bladed wind turbines that incorporate active aerodynamic controls leading to rotors that are lighter than conventional designs, increase energy capture, and reduce the cost of energy.

U.S. Offshore Wind: Removing Market Barrier Funding Opportunity

Offshore Wind Market and Economic Analysis (Topic Areas 1.1-1.2)

Navigant Consulting

Burlington, MA

$510,000

This project will develop a comprehensive assessment of the U.S. offshore wind market over three years, providing stakeholders with a roadmap for removing technical, regulatory, financial, economic and workforce development market entry barriers.

Environmental Risk Reduction (Topic Areas 2.1-2.2)

 

 

 

Biodiversity Research Institute

Gorham, ME

$4,500,000

This project will synthesize existing data on bird, sea turtle, and marine mammal abundance and movement in the mid-Atlantic, perform baseline surveys of species at high risk to turbine interactions using a variety of technologies, and develop predictive and risk assessment frameworks.

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

$600,000

This project will monitor avian and bat interactions with offshore wind turbines using a fully integrated sensor array monitoring system with on-board custom designed data post-processing and statistical-based software.

Stantec, Inc.

Topsham, ME

$600,000

This project will collect information on offshore bird and bat activity and refine equipment, methods, and logistics to aid in the development of a remote offshore bird and bat migration data collection and monitoring system.

Manufacturing and Supply Chain Development (Topic Area 3)

 

 

 

Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Burlington, MA

$350,000

This project will examine the existing U.S. supply chain, identify current or anticipated gaps and identify barriers to filling these gaps through industry surveys and stakeholder forums, and recommend strategies for developing a robust supply chain.

Transmission Planning and Interconnection Studies (Topic Area 4.1-4.2)

 

 

 

ABB Inc

Raleigh, NC

$900,000

This project will determine likely offshore wind development sites and associated wind production profiles, perform an initial integration analysis and asses the applicability of traditional integration study methods, and evaluate various potential energy collection and delivery technologies.

Case Western University

Cleveland, OH

$540,000

This project will evaluate potential impacts of offshore wind on the electric grid in the Great Lakes region and determine requirements on interconnection points, control systems, and the application of system reinforcements for different transmission system characteristics.

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

$540,000

This project will examine potential effects of wind penetration on the Mid-Atlantic electric grid and will facilitate grid operations planning by identifying necessary system upgrade and grid  management market strategies to ensure reliable and efficient operation of the electric system.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Duke Energy

Charlotte, NC

$530,000

This project will examine the effects of offshore wind development on the Duke Energy Carolinas system by determining the cost of upgrading the transmission system, and assessing system impacts and changes in the generation dispatch needed for integration.

Optimized Infrastructure and Operations (Topic Area 5.1-5.3)

 

Garrad Hassan America, Inc

San Diego, CA

$500,000

This project will examine lessons learned from Northern European offshore wind projects to identify port requirements needed for an offshore wind industry in the United States and create an analysis tool for stakeholders to address their needs and perform cost-benefit assessment of infrastructure investments.

Douglas-Westwood LLC

New York, NY

$300,000

This project will identify vessel requirements for installing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, build relationships with the vessel industry, and identify resources within the value chain, thereby assisting states in implementing innovative strategies, policies, incentive programs and cooperative efforts to support companies seeking to develop products and services in the area of vessels for offshore wind.

Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC - NREL

Golden, CO

$200,000

This project will leverage existing models, European experience, and industry expertise to identify principal cost drivers and quantify their impacts on cost of energy; select and analyze practical, innovative concepts for optimization; and identify and quantify technology improvement opportunities.

Garrad Hassan America, Inc

San Diego, CA

$200,000

The project will identify and quantify key areas of offshore wind project installation and operations where advancements in the approach or technology may lower the cost of energy from offshore wind. Cost of energy impacts of these key areas will be packaged in a user-friendly tool, which will be distributed among industry.

Resource Characterization and Design Conditions (Topic Area 6.1-6.2)

 

 

 

AWS Truepower

Albany, NY

$900,000

This project will establish an enhanced national offshore wind energy data network by facilitating public-private collaboration, assessing quality and relevance of existing data sets, and providing guidance on all U.S. and international standards that are active or under development related to the design and safety of wind project components.

Indiana University

Bloomington, IN

$700,000

This project will integrate wind data from remote sensing, aerial and satellite measurements, and meteorological towers to produce a high resolution wind characterization for Lake Erie. This project will also analyze instruments and develop best practices for each measurement type.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC.

Aiken, SC

$700,000

This project will examine what conditions produce breaking waves and how breaking waves can impact offshore wind turbine structures in the southeast region of the United States.

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, NJ

$700,000

This project will systematically evaluate the capability of both scanning and vertically-profiling LIDARs (light detection and ranging) to accurately measure the three-dimensional wind field, as compared to fixed meteorological towers. It will also quantify variability in offshore winds off the coast of New Jersey.

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Boulder, CO

$700,000

This project will examine the dynamics of the part of the atmosphere that has direct contact with the ocean, or marine boundary layer, with an emphasis on how momentum or temperature changes in the atmosphere can affect the ocean, or vice versa.

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Boulder, CO

$700,000

This project will establish reliable wind data at the hub height of offshore wind turbines to aid in the siting and design of turbines and in improving the accuracy of energy predictions.

Regents of the University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

$690,000

This project will evaluate the unique processes associated with freshwater ice development on offshore wind turbines and other structures in the Great Lakes by evaluating the seasonal and decadal trends in historical icing data, conducting field measurement on structures of opportunity and by evaluating extreme loading due to combined wind, wave, and icing effects.

State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY

$680,000

This project will verify and improve boundary layer physics and modeling through intensive data collection around the Cape Wind site. The improved modeling will be applied to construct more accurate wind resource maps for the East Coast of the United States.

Impact on Electronic Equipment in the Marine Environment (Topic Area 7)

 

 

 

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX

$500,000

This project will assess the impact of offshore wind farms on electronic equipment and recommend mitigation methods.

 

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