The U.K.-based Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has selected The Glosten Associates to design its offshore wind floating platform system demonstrator.
Glosten, a U.S.-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, will design a tension leg platform (TLP) by developing what is commonly known as a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study.
The PelaStar TLP prototype will be developed in partnership with Alstom using a Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine. Glosten has chosen Belfast, Ireland-based Harland and Wolff as the builder for the demonstrator, and the TLP will be designed for potential deployment at the ETI's preferred test site – Wave Hub in Cornwall.
The ETI-commissioned and -funded FEED study will take about 12 months to complete and cost 4 million British pounds. The ETI will then decide whether to invest up to 21 million British pounds in the construction and deployment of the TLP, which could be deployed off the U.K. coastline as early as 2015.
"We applaud the ETI for taking this bold, confident step to greatly accelerate the development of floating offshore wind," says Bill Hurley, Glosten's PelaStar director.Â "Deepwater wind resources promise the potential of lower costs for energy and are waiting to be captured. Today, the industry needs support of this nature to demonstrate the technology that will get us out there."