Could marine spatial planning help offshore wind energy in the US?

The United States does not have any offshore wind turbines installed, despite their success in Europe for 25 years. A complicated regulatory regime, uncertain financial incentives, stakeholder opposition, and intensive data requirements contribute to the lack of progress in the United States. Extensive biological, social, and technical data are required as part of the environmental permitting process. Generating these data, at the temporal and spatial scales appropriate for assessment documentation, often results in lengthy delays in the permitting process.

Innovations in Offshore Wind

Jan van der Tempel graduated in offshore wind from Delft University of Technology in 2000. He worked on installation design of Horns Rev with offshore contractor Boskalis before returning to Delft to work on a PhD. In 2002 he invented Ampelmann, a full-motion compensation system to access offshore structures. He worked on Ampelmann as an “on-the-side” project during and after his PhD on Offshore Wind Support Structure design. Ampelmann took off in 2008 to become world leader in access systems.



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