Westin Harborview | Portland, Maine

Preparing the US for Floating Wind


Along with the US West Coast, the Gulf of Maine (GOM) is poised to become the birthplace of the nation’s floating offshore wind industry. The 156GW offshore wind resource in the GOM is in close proximity to the New England region where electricity prices are some of the highest in the nation. With a tri-state BOEM task force in place, ambitious renewable energy policies in Maine and other Northeast states, advances in technology, and lowering costs, floating offshore wind is gaining significant momentum. To seize the opportunity, technical, regulatory, and permitting challenges must be addressed. AFloat 2022 brings together leading experts to address these drivers and challenges to chart a course for floating offshore wind in the US.


Sunday, September 11

6:00 – 8:00pm Evening Reception & Welcome

Monday, September 12

Conference Sessions (see below)

Tuesday, September 13

Conference Sessions (see below)

Wednesday, September 14

Optional Tour of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center

Why Portland

Just 15 minutes from Portland International Airport, Portland, Maine is the perfect place to experience all Maine has to offer.

Book Your Room

Stay right in the center of beautiful, Portland Maine at the Westin Portland Harborview. Discounted Hotel rates are offered before August 11th.

Lobster Bake

Attendees are invited to join us for an evening of networking and a traditional Maine Lobster Dinner with a chartered ferry ride to Peaks Island!

2022 Sessions Include

Conference attendees can also sign up for a traditional Maine lobster bake on neighboring Peaks Island on Monday, September 12 and join us for a tour of the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center on Wednesday, September 14.

Monday, September 12
  • Advancements in Hull Technologies
  • Floating Developers Forum
  • Design Codes and Standards for Floating Wind
  • Addressing the Unique Ecological and Environmental Challenges in Floating Wind
  • Scaling-up Challenges: Assembly and Installation Requirements
  • International Floating Wind Activities: UK/Scotland, France, and Southeast Asia
Tuesday, September 13
  • Design & Modeling Tools Advancements
  • Research Needs: Technology & Infrastructure
  • Transmission, Interconnection, & Hydrogen
  • What’s Next in Leasing & Policy Activities for US Floating Wind
  • Operations & Maintenance Strategies for Floating Wind
  • Financing US Floating Wind Projects
  • Site Characterization for Floating Wind

SPONSOR AFLOAT 2022

AFloat 2022 Sponsors

The Family of Matthew R Simmons - Platinum Sponsorship

The Family of Matthew R Simmons - Platinum Sponsorship

Avangrid Renewables

Avangrid Renewables - Platinum Sponsor

Avangrid Renewables is at the forefront of transforming the way the U.S. produces and uses energy.

PretiFlaherty - Opening Reception Sponor

PretiFlaherty - Opening Reception Sponor

We set out to build a different kind of law firm – one that values innovation over tradition, results over rituals. And we’ve done just that.

Over 60 Speakers and Panelists from AFloat 2021

Past AFloat speakers and session moderators include:
Governor Janet T. Mills

Governor Janet T. Mills

Governor of Maine

Keynote Speaker

U.S. Senator Susan Collins

U.S. Senator Susan Collins

U.S. Senator - Maine

Keynote Speaker

Alejandro Moreno

Alejandro Moreno

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, US Dept. of Energy

Keynote Speaker

Amanda Lefton

Amanda Lefton

Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

Keynote Speaker

James Bennett

James Bennett

Program Manager for BOEM's Renewable Energy Program
Walt Musial

Walt Musial

Manager Offshore Wind, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Keynote Speaker

Carrie Cullen Hitt

Carrie Cullen Hitt

Executive Director, National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium
Photo of Dr. Habib Dagher

Dr. Habib J. Dagher, P.E.

Executive Director, University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center
Dr. Damian Brady

Dr. Damian Brady

Professor of Oceanography, University of Maine Darling Marine Center
Randy Male

Randy Male

Director, Boston Office, Green Giraffe
Nathan McKenzie

Nathan McKenzie

Technology Manager for Offshore Wind (R&D), U.S. Department of Energy
Anthony Viselli

Dr. Anthony Viselli, P.E.

manager of offshore model testing and structural design, University of Maine
Joshua Singer image

Joshua Singer, P.E.

OFFSHORE WIND PORTS LEAD, MOFFATT & NICHOL
Leo Bello

Leo Bello

Managing Director, Vryhof
Dr. Mario Garcia-Sanz

Dr. Mario Garcia-Sanz

Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)

Get in Touch

Learn more about the summit
Taylor Ward
Conference Communications
composites.comms@maine.edu
+1 207 852 4530

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