A Renewed Outlook on Renewable Energy: Foundations, Installation, and Future Trends for Offshore Wind in the US

Starts: Tue, Mar 23, 2021 12:00 PM
Ends: Tue, Mar 23, 2021 1:00 PM
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Illustration by Josh Bauer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Global installed offshore wind capacity is compared with the offshore wind capacity of projects in the US, highlighting that the installed offshore wind capacity generated by 11 countries is the same as that of the 26 offshore wind projects in the US. The size of the offshore wind turbines (OWTs) of the world’s first offshore wind farm, Vindeby, is contrasted with the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Hornsea Project Two, which employs turbines around 20 times as powerful as the ones used for Vindeby. The first offshore wind farm in the US, Block Island Wind Farm, is introduced along with 19 offshore wind developments off the East Coast of the US. The external loads acting on an OWT, the wake effect, and resonance frequencies are described, and the ground model, geotechnical site investigation, and advanced laboratory testing for offshore wind are briefly presented. The installation of the different offshore wind foundations used in shallow waters is presented through videos highlighting their advantages and disadvantages. The presentation concludes with future trends for vertical axes wind turbines.

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Dr. Victor Taboada, Marine Geotechnical Manager Americas, Fugro

Victor Taboada received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and started his academic career in 1996 as chairman of the Soil Mechanics department of the Graduate School of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where he continued in 2001 as a tenured research professor at the UNAM Institute of Engineering. He received the Manuel Gonzalez Flores award in 1998, the Javier Barros Sierra award in 2003 and the Exemplary Citizen of Sinaloa in the World award in 2013. His 18 years of experience in offshore geotechnics started in 2003 at C&C Technologies and continued in 2004 at Fugro, where he supervised and performed seismic site response, liquefaction, and soil–pile interaction analyses for over 140 fixed offshore platforms. In 2011, he joined NGI Houston, serving as President and CEO from 2015 to 2019. He returned to Fugro in 2019 as their Marine Geotechnical Manager Americas and currently is responsible for the strategic direction of consulting and the largest advanced laboratory in the US. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and has authored 95 technical papers on soil dynamics, which have been published in journals and international conferences. 

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