3 - 6 April '18
Princeton, New Jersey

Briefing on Advanced Model Testing for US Offshore Wind Innovation & Cost Reduction

Tuesday, April 3th, 4.00 - 5.30 pm

Moderator: Anthony Viselli–University of Maine
This briefing session presents recent advances in offshore wind technology innovation confirmed through experimental model testing. Model testing in sophisticated wave/wind simulation facilities provides a reduced risk venue to evaluate and optimize new technology concepts. Goals of these tests may include verification of concept feasibility, validation of engineering physics models, or demonstration of deployment methods and procedures. The invited panelist will present the latest testing results for offshore wind technology including testing of floating foundations, advanced deployment methods, and numerical engineering tool validation.

Habib Dagher, Executive Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center–University of Maine
Amy Robertson, Senior Engineer–National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Matt Lackner–University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Fons Huijs, Technology Coordinator, Hydrodynamics–GustoMSC
Michael Lee, President – CyTroniQ


Presentation / Workshop: Technical & Strategic Perspectives on Installation of U.S. Offshore Wind Turbines

Wednesday, April 4th, 3.45 - 5.00 pm - Educational Workshops, session 3

The availability of suitable Wind Turbine Installation Vessels (WTIVs) is a key consideration in the development of offshore wind worldwide. Developers of offshore wind in the U.S. need to address specific considerations such as: Jones Act, port restrictions, supply chain limitations, optimum turbine sizes, water depths, and environmental conditions. The absence of a stable and sizable market together with such specific considerations poses a barrier for interested entrants to make the required investment in a Jones Act compliant WTIV.

Karel Wagner, Sr. Engineer–GustoMSC US
Annegrethe Jeppesen, Head of U.S. Procurement–Ørsted
Jason Folsom, Head of Sales, Offshore Wind–Siemens

Moderator: Kevin Pearce, Business Development, U.S. Offshore Grid Access–Siemens Energy Management