Sandia National Laboratories
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Leveraging our rotor systems optimization capabilities in wind plants, we couple controls, loads and dynamics to optimal floating topologies, lowering the cost of energy of future coastal power plants. Sandia leads innovation inoffshore wind technology through:
Sandia applies decades of land-based wind experience to address the research challenges posed by offshore wind turbine siting and technology development. As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s offshore wind program, we conduct research with two primary goals in mind: to reduce the technology risks associated with offshore wind power generation and to reduce the levelized cost of energy.
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Estimates suggest that more than 2000 GW of wind energy are available offshore in water more than60 meters deep. To access this tremendous energy resource, Sandia is developing and evaluating floating wind turbines.
In deep-water environments, vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs) have inherent advantages over horizontal-axis wind turbines (HAWTs), including lower capital, operational, and maintenance costs. Sandia combines more than 35 years of applied research on VAWT technology and advanced analysis tools to design systems suitable for deep-water environments.
View our Floating Offshore VAWT project poster.
Read our Floating Offshore VAWT fact sheet.
Brandon Ennis, Offshore Design Optimization
Paul Crozier, ExaWind