The University of Texas at Dallas researcher Todd Griffith has been working on an offshore turbine design that can convert deep-ocean winds into electricity, as per the university source.
Griffith received a $3.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to take his technology to the next level. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy award will help his team to design and build a prototype for a floating offshore wind turbine.
The new grant was part of $26 million in funding from ARPA-E for 13 projects to quicken floating offshore wind turbine technologies through the Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-Control program.
State and federal waters along American coasts and the Great Lakes can generate twice the amount of energy generated by all of the nation’s electric power plants combined, as per the Department of Energy estimation. Griffith’s project targets to lower the cost and overcome challenges with installation and connecting to existing energy grids with underwater cables.
Griffith said, “A traditional turbine design is great for land, and it can make sense offshore in shallow waters, but when you build in deep water in the ocean, you need a totally new design.”
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