Hurricane Force: 5 Natural Hazards Risks Affecting Offshore Wind Structure Design
Posted by Web Master 6 on October 11, 2017 9:25 AM EDT
The U.S. Gulf Coast and Caribbean have experienced an active 2017 hurricane season, with many petrochemical facilities and floating platforms affected by major storms in a region that contributes 46% of U.S. refining capacity. Given the catastrophic risk of natural hazards such as hurricanes, the question has emerged as offshore wind farms enter the U.S. energy mix: how will offshore wind turbines fare in these conditions?
While it is true that the vast majority of offshore wind farms are not currently located in areas prone to hurricane activity, the risk of not being able to withstand hurricane force winds must be addressed if alternative resource developments continue to expand on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).