Offshore Wind Development in The Bahamas: Challenges and Benefits

Energy production and distribution can present many hurdles for small-island developing states.  The high costs associated with electricity generation, antiquated production facilities, and unreliable distribution grids can all erode the potential for economic growth and sustainable development.  This rings very true for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas – a 470,000 km2 archipelago of islands in North

Remote Sensing of Ocean Winds

Surface winds over the world's oceans are routinely monitored by
low-Earth-orbiting satellites.  The satellite instruments used are
either scatterometers, which are radars that measure the echo from the
surface, or radiometers, which measure the microwave radiation (i.e. heat)
emitted by the surface.  This talk will provide an overview of these
technologies, as well as describe ongoing work by the Microwave Remote
Sensing Laboratory to study wind signatures in hurricanes and
high-latitude winter storms from aircraft. 


Dividing Up the Pie: Biological and Fisheries Challenges in Coastal Marine Spatial Planning

Coastal Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) requires the ocean be divided into units, and that multiple stakeholders provide input towards this end. Spatial ecology of single and multiple species can help guide biological division of ecosystems; however these decisions require the assumption of a closed system despite the knowledge that all ecosystems are open to varying degrees. Examples will be given that illustrate these challenges from ongoing work.

Offshore Wind IGERT Student Presentations

Title: The Effects of Soil Damping on Monopile-Supported Offshore Wind Turbines" Description: Random wind and waves acting on monopile-supported offshore wind turbines have load frequencies close to the resonant structural frequency. This condition necessitates a careful consideration of all sources of damping in order to reduce the loads on the structure. Of all the sources of damping (aerodynamic, hydrodynamic, structural, and soil), soil damping has been the least investigated.

American Wind Wildlife Institute: A Unique, Collaborative Solution to Reducing Risks to Wildlife and Enabling Responsible Wind Energy Development

I will describe the organization, its members, and the tools and research that AWWI promotes to better understand the risks of wind energy development to wildlife to enable wind energy to reach its potential for reducing climate change. I will also touch on the challenges we face in reconciling the uncertainty in the risks of impacts to wildlife from wind energy projects and the greater risk of catastrophic impacts of unlimited climate change.

On-site Spiral Welding of Tall Wind Turbine Towers

Today, few turbines have hub-heights above 80m or 100m because of constraints associated with delivering the towers to the install site. Taller towers would ideally have diameters that exceed 4.3m, but this would make them too large to fit under overpasses and power lines. Keystone Tower Systems has developed an on-site manufacturing process that allows towers to be fabricated at the wind farm, enabling the cost effective production of much taller towers.

Cape Wind Update

Mr. Rodgers is Cape Wind’s media spokesperson and he writes Cape Wind's press releases. Mr. Rodgers develops Cape Wind’s communications content for the project website and social media and he has authored several project articles for scientific journals and magazines. Mr. Rodgers oversees Cape Wind's public relations and he has delivered over 300 project presentations to a variety of stakeholder groups over the past 11 years. Mr. Rodgers is also responsible for managing Cape Wind’s relationships with environmental, labor, health, and trade stakeholders.



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