Development of a 10kW Wind Turbine Buoy - Floating Offshore Wind Energy (FLOWE)
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.
Available from the National Sea Grant Library (use NHU number to search) or NH Sea Grant
- 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.