March 3, 2015
A new report — Metocean Data Needs Assessment for US Offshore Wind Energy — documents the important role that metocean information will play in the emergent US offshore wind energy industry. The report was prepared by AWS Truepower for the US Department of Energy (DOE) and has three primary objectives:
This report is a deliverable for a DOE-funded contract (DE-EE0005372) entitled National Offshore Wind Energy Resource and Design Data Campaign — Analysis and Collaboration. The contract's goal is to supplement and facilitate multi-agency efforts to develop an enhanced, integrated national offshore wind energy data network.
Topics addressed in the report include:
The Workshop on Offshore Wind Energy Standards and Guidelines: Metocean-Sensitive Aspects of Design and Operations in the United States was recently held in Arlington, VA. The workshop was sponsored by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) as part of an interagency campaign to address offshore energy resource assessment, design condition definition, and operational industry needs. The overarching goal of the program — to mitigate or eliminate data-related offshore wind technical/market barriers — can be achieved in part through continued development of an infrastructure for sustainable public-private, multi-stakeholder collaboration. The workshop was intended to bring together a cross-section of stakeholders in the offshore energy community to continue gathering information and working toward consensus on defining relevant metocean parameters, gap-filling activities, acceptable modeling approaches, and design standards.
The presentations from the two-day workshop are available for download below. A few additional workshop presentations will be added soon, so please check periodically for updates: Resources page
A report entitled Assessment of Offshore Wind System Design, Safety, and Operation Standards has been released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and AWS Truepower. The report was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (contract no: DE-EE0005372).
This report reviews pertinent international and domestic offshore design standards, discusses their relative applicability and shortcomings for U.S. offshore wind development, and provides a snapshot of industry and government efforts underway (or planned) to develop guidelines for U.S. offshore wind.
The Need for Expanded Meteorological and Oceanographic Data to Support Resource Characterization and Design Condition Definition for Offshore Wind Projects in the United States was recently published by the American Meteorological Society.