DOE funding decision soon on pilot wind floaters off California

A public-private group expects the US Energy Department (DOE) to decide soon on whether to provide funding to support its proposal for a pilot wind project in the Pacific Ocean off California that will demonstrate floating tension-leg turbine platform technology, Recharge learns.

The consortium is led by defense contractor SAIC and includes the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sandia National Laboratories, wind developer Force 5, other companies and Glosten Associates, designer of the PelaStar floating platform.

It is on DOE’s short list of applicants, according to Charles Nordstrom, a senior naval architect at Glosten and lead engineer for Pelastar.

DOE in March unveiled a six-year, $180m research initiative to support deployment of breakthrough offshore wind technologies that have potential for lowering the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) Log in to read complete article.

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