What is Offshore Wind Energy?

Both the U.S. and global governments are prioritizing offshore wind energy as a means to meet energy and emission goals.  In order to make informed decisions as they relate to offshore wind energy, it is important to understand how these systems work.

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How does it work?

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 A wind turbine turns wind energy into electricity using the aerodynamic force from wind passing over the rotor blades, which work like an airplane wing or helicopter rotor blade.

The rotor connects to the generator, either directly or through a shaft and a series of gears that speed up the rotation. This translation of aerodynamic force to the rotation of a generator creates electricity.

Power from the generators inside each turbine’s nacelle is transferred to cables buried throughout the footprint of the wind farm. In an offshore wind farm, these cables direct the energy to an offshore substation where the voltage is stepped up, transmitted to the shore and tied into the grid.

Visit the below resources to learn more: 

Department of Energy: How Do Wind Turbines Work 

NYSERDA: Offshore Wind101

Tethys: Fixed Offshore Wind 

WINDExchange Offshore Wind Webinar: Technology Above the Water


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Offshore Wind101 Webinars


Learning from the Experts: Offshore Wind Technology 101

April 7, 2021. In this webinar, Walt Musial with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides an introduction to offshore wind technologies. Walt is a Principal Engineer and leads the offshore wind research platform at NREL, which focuses on a wide range of industry needs and critical technology challenges.  


Learning from the Experts: How does an Offshore Wind Supply Chain Work?

October 27 2021. In this NYSERDA webinar, Jamie MacDonald and Jeff Tingley with Xodus discussed how an offshore wind supply chain works. Jeff Tingley is the Head of Strategy and Market Development in the Xodus Boston Hub. He has extensive experience in supply chain development for offshore wind and other renewable energy sources. He has completed and managed an extensive list of supply chain development analysis for various regions in the US providing supply chain strengths and gap analysis and ascertaining the areas strengths by evaluating adjacent industries. As part of the renewable’s leadership team at Xodus, Jamie is responsible for helping shape and grow the US business in terms of technical strength, commercial performance and brand awareness. Jamie has a strong track record of managing large projects across the offshore energy industry, and is well versed in how to deliver marine construction projects from pre-feasibility through execution and into operation.


Offshore Wind Energy: Learning as We Go Webinar and Podcast Series

With the accelerated growth of offshore wind in the United States, the University of Rhode Island has organized the 2021 Offshore Renewable Energy: Learning As We Go Webinar and Podcast Series to share the university’s learning of various aspects of the offshore wind energy (OWE) industry.

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