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AFloat 2021

Welcome for Day 2

Dr. Habib J. Dagher, PE, Executive Director, University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center; Lead, Aqua Ventus Project

Keynote: U.S. Senator Susan Collins

When people in Washington want to solve a problem, they turn to the senior United States Senator from Maine, Susan Collins. First elected in 1996, Senator Collins has earned a national reputation as an effective legislator who works across party lines to seek consensus on our nation’s most important issues. Read more…

Keynote: Amanda Lefton, Director, BOEM

Prior to serving as the Director for BOEM, Amanda Lefton most recently served as the First Assistant Secretary for Energy and Environment for the Governor of New York where she led the State’s climate and environmental initiatives and managed a portfolio of twelve agencies and authorities. In this role she championed Read more…

SESSION 6: U.K. Floating Offshore Wind Panel

The UK has embarked on one of the world's most aggressive offshore wind plans, including plans for commercial floating wind. What are the UK plans for floating wind, and what R&D opportunities is the UK pursuing? How can the US and UK collaborate in the nascent floating offshore wind space? Read more…

SESSION 7: Financing Challenges Panel

Third-party financing of commercial-scale floating wind projects brings unique challenges to this nascent industry. What are the unique challenges and solutions for financing US floating wind projects? What new federal and state financial incentives exist? Moderator: Randy Male, Green Giraffe Panelists: Policy - Philipp Beiter, Energy Analysis Consultant, NREL Developer Read more…

SESSION 8: Scaling-up Challenges for Floating Wind

What are the unique port needs for deploying floating wind turbines? What are the unique electrical infrastructure needs? What port facilities exist that can allow fabrication and deployment of floating wind projects in the US? What upgrades are needed for these facilities? What has been learned from demonstration projects? Moderator: Read more…

SESSION 9: Moorings and Anchors: Deepwater and Shallow Water

Mooring systems are key to the success of floating wind, and conventional steel chain technologies are being challenged by larger turbines, supply chains are challenged by the scale of commercial floating farms, and mooring systems create unique impacts on fisheries. What solutions are being developed for both shallow east coast Read more…

SESSION 10: Research and Innovation: ARPA-E ATLANTIS Program Update

The US DOE ARPA-E ATLANTIS program is designed to develop next-generation floating wind turbine technologies. An overview of the program and updates from some of the ATLANTIS projects will be provided. Moderator: Dr. Mario Garcia-Sanz, ARPA-E Panelists: FOCAL. – Amy Robertson, NREL VAWT – Todd Griffith, Assoc. Professor, Univ. of Texas Read more…

SESSION 11: Research Needs: Technology, Environmental and Infrastructure (Port and Grid)

What are the current research needs in hull technology, modeling, mooring systems, anchors, transmission, fabrication and installation of floating turbines? Where should federal investments be focused? What is the status of the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC) funded research programs in floating wind and what are the upcoming research Read more…