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CX-002373: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Validation of Coupled Models and Optimization of Materials for Offshore Wind Structures
CX(s) Applied: B3.1, A9
Date: 05/13/2010
Location(s): Gulf of Maine, Maine
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

The Department of Energy is providing federal funding to the University of Maine to validate and test offshore wind platforms. The initial phases of this study (Tasks 1 through 3) will consist of studies of environmental impacts and regulatory compliance activities, a laboratory-based feasibility study of steps necessary for deepwater offshore wind development, and modeling and preliminary design of floating turbine platforms. During later phases (Tasks 4 and 5), one-third scale floating wind turbines will be designed, fabricated, and installed in the Gulf of Maine and the performance of those platforms will be monitored.