The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the University of Texas at Dallas with a USD 3.3 million grant for its vertical axis floating offshore wind turbine.
The award is part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and will be used for designing and building the turbine prototype.
Designed by Dr. Todd Griffith, the turbine has vertical blades and axis of rotation, and the platform, which is smaller than traditional ones, sits partly above the sea’s surface and partly below, like a ship.
According to the University of Texas at Dallas, it is attached to the seafloor with cables under ocean depths of at least 200 feet. The generator and controls are on the platform, providing greater stability and facilitating easie...