Icon for: Gordon Stewart


University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Years in Grad School: 1
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Presentation Discussion
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    Erin Baker

    Faculty: Project PI
    May 22, 2012 | 08:50 a.m.

    Nice presentation of the work going on to understand how to design effective and efficient offshore wind turbines.

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    Lee McDavid

    Project Coordinator
    May 23, 2012 | 04:45 p.m.

    I’d never heard of floating wind turbines before seeing your presentation. Are there any plans to implement this anywhere in the foreseeable future?

  • Matt Lackner

    May 24, 2012 | 08:56 a.m.

    Two full scale floating wind turbines have been deployed and our operating. The Statoil-Siemens Hywind project is a 2.3 MW turbine mounted on a floating spar buoy off the coast of Norway. The Principle Power WindFloat project uses a 2 MW turbine mounted on a semi-submersibe platform. There are some cool videos you can find by googling.

  • Matt Lackner

    May 24, 2012 | 08:56 a.m.

    Nice summary of your work. It will be interesting to see how your work on design standards and loading connects with system engineering work on cost of energy and optimization.

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    Donald Fisher

    May 24, 2012 | 05:44 p.m.

    Very clear motivation of need for offshore wind, why offshore platforms have unique problems not shared by on shore or fixed structures, and why experimental data is needed to validate models that can be used to understand the effects that offshore platform motion has on the load on the structure and the effect that the more complex offshore aerodynamics have on the rotor. Great video!

  • Charlie Schweik

    May 25, 2012 | 07:12 a.m.

    Deepwater off-shore wind turbines seems to have potential to alleviate some of the conflicts that occur regarding visibility of turbines from the shore. I too knew little about these emerging technologies. I found this to be a well thought out and nicely summarized presentation of the current work.

  • Andrew Allyn

    May 25, 2012 | 09:51 a.m.

    Gordie, excellent job with this video! Offshore floating turbines certainly seem to be an interesting and emerging area of research, from both an engineering and ecological standpoint. Along with the research needed to evaluate floating wind turbine structure standards, on the ecology side, there is a similar need to evaluate if these structures influence marine habitats and organisms, and how these effects compare to traditional fixed turbine structures.

  • Kate McClellan

    May 25, 2012 | 10:03 a.m.

    Gordie, excellent presentation of your work to date. I look forward to learning more about floating turbines as you continue. As Andrew said, it will be interesting to compare the impacts of these structures to traditional turbines on both marine resources and marine industries.

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    Ryan Wallace

    Graduate Student
    May 25, 2012 | 11:19 a.m.

    Nice job Gordie – cool stuff. Your work appears to fill a significant demand in the development of floating turbine technologies, given the current development stage. Will be interesting to see how the data and model simulations can be calibrated across different locations and sites. As well as how the industry absorbs this new knowledge and responds. Good job!

  • Kate McClellan

    June 1, 2012 | 12:21 p.m.

    Excellent presentation of your project to date. I look forward to learning more about design challenges related to floating turbines and engineering solutions as you continue your work.

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