Development of a 10kW Wind Turbine Buoy - Floating Offshore Wind Energy (FLOWE)

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Project Type: 
Education
Year: 
2010

Students Involved:

James Rubio UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Michael Bache UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dean Lees UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Katharine King UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Peter Bannon UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Advisors:

M. Robinson Swift UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Barbaros Celikkol UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Abstract: 
A design for a buoy capable of supporting a 10 kilowatt wind turbine and its tower was developed to operate at the University of New Hampshire’s Center of Ocean Renewable Energy (CORE) testing site located off the Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire. The buoy was designed to be the first offshore wind turbine in the United States able to operate under hurricane conditions. To evaluate ocean response, two Froude-scaled models were constructed, tested, and compared at the Ocean Engineering wave tank at the University of New Hampshire. Full scale construction and deployment is scheduled to happen within the next year.

Publications

Available from the National Sea Grant Library (use NHU number to search) or NH Sea Grant

Report

  • Development of a 10kW wind turbine buoy - Floating Offshore Wind Energy (FLOWE) (2010). Michael Bache, Peter Bannon, Katharine King, Dean Lees and James Rubio. Advisors: M. Robinson Swift and Barbaros Celikkol.