Modifying Design Standards for Floating Wind Turbines
Offshore wind turbines have the potential to be an important part of the United States’ energy production profile in the coming years. In order to accomplish this wind integration, design standards for offshore wind turbines need to be in place. To capitalize on high speed and high quality winds over deep water, floating platforms for offshore wind turbines have been developed, but the current IEC design standards do not consider floating platforms. This gap in the standards will be addressed, paying particular attention to the modeling of floating offshore wind turbines.