New Concept for Offshore Wind Turbine Jackets
Posted by Jeff Keever on November 15, 2017 10:55 AM EST
A new concept for a one-hundred-year minimum life concrete jacket foundation has been designed for offshore wind turbines.
Andy Filak, Principal of AMF Concepts, says that one of the major hurdles to the development of offshore wind farms has been the development of reliable foundation systems with long life and ease of installation in deepwater. Current concrete technology is not robust enough for the long-term exposure that is experienced in an ocean wind farm, he says, and steel technologies require complicated shoreside construction and at-sea installation involving multiple large crane barges and anchor handling tugs.