The world’s largest offshore wind farm, the London Array, was officially opened on July 4 in the Thames Estuary and can generate enough electricity to power nearly 500,000 homes.
The Department of Interior’s planned first-ever competitive offshore wind auction is an important long-term step in support of offshore wind innovation.
In Maine, the floating turbine VolturnUS 1:8 is turned on, generating the first offshore wind power in the United States.
On July 31, the U.S. will auction off two wind resource areas off Rhode Island and Massachusetts, with up to nine companies expected to bid.
The first floating wind turbine in U.S. history goes upright and onto the water in Brewer, Maine, on Friday, on its way to being put in place and connected to the grid.
There are thirteen U.S. offshore wind projects in ten states on the Atlantic, Pacific, Great Lakes and Gulf of Mexico coasts, representing 5,100-plus megawatts. None of the projects have started construction.
Along with its floating turbine demo, the University of Maine will soon deploy a LIDAR-equipped buoy to measure wind speeds well above the water’s surface.