GE Researchers Unveil 12 MW Floating Wind Turbine Concept
GE researchers have unveiled details of an ongoing two year USD 4 million project through the ARPA-E’s ATLANTIS , Aerodynamic Turbines Lighter and
GE researchers have unveiled details of an ongoing two year USD 4 million project through the ARPA-E’s ATLANTIS , Aerodynamic Turbines Lighter and Afloat with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control, program to design and develop advanced controls to support a 12 MW Floating Offshore Wind Turbine. GE is partnering on the project with Glosten, one of the leading design and consulting firms in the marine industry, and the developer of the PelaStar tension-leg platform floating wind turbine foundation. Through ATLANTIS project with ARPA-E, GE will be concurrently designing the controls system with the design of the floating structure itself to advance Floating Offshore Wind Energy toward becoming a future commercially viable solution.
Accelerating the development of new technologies to promote the future of floating offshore wind energy is the key objective of ARPA-E’s Atlantis program. By coupling a 12 MW GE turbine with Glosten’s tension leg platform technology, the team has taken on the challenge of designing a light-weight Floating Turbine with up to 35% less mass in the tower and the floating platform. This is expected to result in a very significant reduction of the resulting Levelized Cost of Energy, LCOE, of the electricity generated with this turbine. The core principle that makes this possible is co-designing the controls system with the tower and floating platform.