Ben Ackers, vice president and principal of Glosten’s Ocean Engineering and Analysis group said, “Collaborating closely with GE gives us another layer of detailed engineering design input beyond the standard drivers of site conditions, construction cost, schedule, and the resulting LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy). This is the cooperation needed to bring floating wind to technical and commercial success.”

Looking toward the future of offshore wind energy, Mr. Blom added, “With GE’s Haliade-X, the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine built to date, we’re just beginning to tap into the future promise of offshore wind power in Europe, the US, and other parts of the globe. Today, these fixed-bottom wind turbines are limited to depths of 60 meters or less. With floating turbines, we would be able to dramatically expand the reaches of offshore wind power to areas with water depths of 60 meters or greater.”