The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium has selected RCAM Technologies to support its second round of wind research and development projects.
RCAM’s award, which is one of two totaling $1,8 million, will support development of its innovative offshore wind turbine support structure.
The project goal is to prove the feasibility and advance the design of RCAM’s modular concrete foundation and heavy-lift-vessel alternative. The two-year project scope includes the conceptual design, preliminary design, and feasibility assessment of the fixed-bottom, suction-bucket support structure and heavy-lift-vessel alternative for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 15-megawatt reference turbine.
“I’m incredibly honored that the consortium selected RCAM and our extremely talented project partners alongside two legendary pioneers in offshore wind, NREL and Principle Power,” Jason Cotrell, chief executive officer of RCAM Technologies.
Key project partners include WSP USA, NREL, Esteyco, RRD Engineering, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. NETSCo, CATHIE, Structural Technologies, University of Delaware, Tufts University, and University of California Irvine will provide advisory and technical support.