February 5 (Renewables Now) - The US Department of Energy (DOE) on Friday announced it will distribute up to USD 28 million (EUR 24.5m) to fund a programme focused on the development of new technologies for floating offshore wind turbines.
The so-called Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) programme will support projects under the Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS) initiative for schemes using control co-design (CCD) methodologies. The latter rely on the simultaneous use of different engineering disciplines for designing a floating wind turbine device, rather than on using them in sequential steps. According to the DOE, this approach will open new paths to build floating offshore wind turbines, which is not possible when using a traditional design method.
One of the major challenges ATLANTIS projects will have is to develop approaches maximising power-to-weight ratios while keeping or increasing turbine efficiency, the DOE said.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.875)