Researchers Investigate Using Composites to Lower Floating Offshore Wind Costs

DeepCwind Consortium researchers at the University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center are integrating composite materials into deepwater floating offshore wind structures. Many wind turbine components are composed of steel, which is both heavy and expensive. As offshore turbines grow larger, the substructures are expected to increase in size and therefore cost. Researchers believe that composites may be a suitable alternative to steel by lightening the weight of the larger turbines, which will have a trickle down effect on the weight and resulting cost of the substructure. In addition to weight savings, composites offer the increased corrosion resistance and durability in a marine environment.

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