Alstom, Dominion working together on offshore wind energy project

Alstom announced that it is part of a team to receive a $47 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) for phase II of the Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project (VOWTAP) led by Dominion Virginia Power.

This next phase includes the completion of Front End Engineering Design (FEED), installation and testing of two Alstom Haliade 150-6 MW offshore wind turbines about 24 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

This award strengthens the long-standing partnership between Dominion and Alstom and advances their common goals to improve the competitiveness of offshore wind in the United States.

The team will explore innovative approaches to optimize turbine and balance of plant designs while addressing environmental conditions including hurricanes, transportation and installation strategies, and operations and maintenance (O&M) methodologies.

The group, which includes the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), among others, is one of three teams selected to receive funding for phase two of the project.

Alstom's Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine is engineered to achieve the goals and objectives outlined by VOWTAP. Its 150-meter rotor contributes dramatically to reducing the cost of offshore wind power while the direct drive permanent magnet generator and the Alstom Pure Torque technology increase reliability, availability, and efficiency.

VOWTAP is one of several offshore wind R&D programs led by the DoE that Alstom is collaborating on. This month a team led by Alstom was awarded an additional $3.4 million by the DoE for phase II of its program to develop, test and validate advanced control technologies and integrated sensors for offshore wind turbines.

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