The U.S. Energy Department will award three offshore wind demonstration projects up to $47 million each over the next four years. The projects were chosen from seven offshore wind demonstration projects announced in December 2012 are aimed at deploying offshore wind installations in U.S. waters by 2017.
The three companies to receive the awards are Fishermen’s Energy, Principle Power and Dominion Virginia Power.
Fishermen’s is planning to build a demonstration project around three miles off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The project will use five 5-MW direct-drive wind turbines using a twisted jacket foundation the Energy Department called “simpler and less expensive to manufacture and install than traditional offshore wind foundations.” The project will serve to help researchers learn about offshore wind and investigate interaction between turbines.
Principle Power, working with Deepwater Wind, will install a 30-MW demonstration project around 18 miles off the coast of Coos Bay, Ore. The five 6-MW direct-drive wind turbines will be installed in water more than 1,000 feet deep using a WindFloat semi-submersible floating foundation. The project will be the first offshore wind farm off the west coast and will demonstrate solutions for deep water wind turbine project.
Dominion Virginia Power’s project will consist of two 6-MW direct-drive wind turbines 26 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, installed with a twisted jacket foundation. The project will demonstrate installation, operation and maintenance methods for wind turbines located far from shore. Dominion will also install and test a hurricane-resilient design to ensure offshore wind facilities place in hurricane-prone areas are “reliable, safe and cost-effective,” according to the Energy Department.
The projects were chosen from seven offshore wind demonstration projects announced in December 2012.
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