On May 27, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) identified three projects from its offshore wind portfolio – the Atlantic City Windfarm, developed by Fishermen’s Energy; Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.’s (LEEDCo) Icebreaker project; and the University of Maine’s New England Aqua Ventus I project – as eligible recipients for up to $40 million as part of its efforts to incentivize innovative offshore wind technologies.
Fishermen’s Energy’s Atlantic City Windfarm
Fishermen’s Energy of New Jersey plans to install six 4 MW Siemens turbines in state waters approximately three miles off the coast of Atlantic City, N.J. Fishermen’s Energy’s Atlantic City Windfarm will demonstrate the use of a twisted jacket foundation that is easier to manufacture and install than traditional foundations, helping drive down the cost of energy produced by the offshore wind system.
In order to ensure the safety of the workers who will service the offshore turbines, Fishermen’s has teamed up with foundation developer Keystone Engineering to demonstrate a new access ladder that is rotated 90 degrees, bringing the maintenance vessel closer to the turbine foundation while allowing the worker to side-step onto the ladder.
During operation, the DOE notes, the Fishermen’s project will act as an at-sea laboratory to further our knowledge about offshore wind, investigate the interactions between turbines, test new control systems, and provide information about potential environmental impacts of offshore wind while reducing the levelized cost of energy from offshore wind.
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