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Windtech International May June 2024 issue

 

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An Early Stage Innovation for Floating Offshore Wind Applications

Figure 1 AccioOffshore wind turbines are immense and mechanically complex. Their energy is also relatively expensive. Electrohydrodynamic (EHD) wind energy is a new way to produce power by converting the kinetic energy of offshore winds into electricity with mechanical simplicity. It could dramatically reduce the cost of offshore wind energy generation and increase capacity factors to well over 50%, enabling faster growth of this renewable power capacity worldwide. A recent US$ 4.9 million award from ARPA-E is funding a collaboration between small company innovator Accio Energy Inc. and the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center to design, build and test the first sub-scale prototype off the coast of Maine, as well as to validate a transformative LCOE model of a full-scale design.

By Jennifer Baird, CEO, and Dawn White, President and CTO, Accio Energy, USA

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