The Network assisted Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET) to introduce offshore wind into the 12th annual Ocean Renewable Energy Conference. Historically, the conference has focused on wave and tidal renewable energy technologies and was held in Portland, Oregon, September 13th and 14th.
The Network provided the keynote speech on the opening day with the presentation ‘Lift Off’. Ross Tyler represented the Network and in his speech, described the advancement of the industry witnessed on the East Coast in the past year. The remarks provided a celebration of getting OSW off the ground—or spinning—off the east coast but underscored that the result came after 17 years of much effort from many individuals and companies, some of whom were attending the conference.
The presentation concluded with these main messages:
• Expertise from Europe is helping the East Coast and the same expertise is available for the benefit of the West Coast. In addition, the U.S. has its own commercial pool of relevant knowhow embedded in other domestic industry sectors, such as oil and gas, renewables in general—including wave and tidal—automotive, composites and IT.
- The U.S. has sufficient resources of significant scale and high levels of demand, for clean energy along the coasts, that there is a need for the U.S. offshore wind stakeholders to accelerate their regional interests, their national and technological interests in order for the U.S. offshore wind market to continue with its upward lift to orbit. It has the potential to lead—particularly with floating offshore wind—and ensure the sector is not relinquished to other nations.
- “Working together – we can do it!”
The Network assembled and moderated a panel that featured technological ways to enable floating offshore wind. The presentations addressed different ways to drive down some of the factors contributing to cost that would result in a lower price for the ratepayer. Examples focused on using new high resolution optical technologies with fast data image processing for more accurate and cost effective environmental impact assessments. The presentation was delivered by a new Network member, Julia Robinson Willmott of Normandeau.
The panel then focused on examples of modern technological advances found within the Oil and Gas industry which included deep moorings; subsea cable buoyancy; cable connections and repairs; and autonomous underwater inspection systems. Attention was given to port infrastructure that will provide the interface between the land and maritime supply chain in constructing and maintaining the floating offshore wind farms
New member Mathew Palmer of WSP–and its extensive European engineering offshore wind expertise–highlighted the importance of “measuring twice and building once” with sophisticate quality assurance and control.
The Network was pleased to contribute to the introduction of offshore wind within the Ocean Renewable Energy Conference and was pleased with the inclusion of members: DNV-GL, Principle Power, the Regional Council of Carpenters, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Trident and Statoil. The Network was also pleased to see the participation of collaborative partners: Bureau of Ocean Management; National Renewable Energy Laboratory and MOWII, along with the University of Maine.