New Platform Would let Wind Farms Float

Source:  Lynn Porter,  Daily Journal of Commerce, August 29, 2011.  A consortium of universities and private companies has selected Pelastar, a floating platform developed by The Glosten Associates of Seattle, to hold what likely will be the first wind turbine installed offshore of the United States.

Glosten said its floating platform (shown below the water) can support large wind turbines. A farm of turbines in deep water could generate hundreds of megawatts of power.

Representing the next generation of deep-sea wind turbine design, the Glosten PelaStar integrates many mature technologies including tension-leg platforms (TLPs), offshore utility-scale wind turbines, permanent mooring systems, and high-vertical-load anchors.  Together, they form an integrated, lowest cost solution to the challenges facing deepwater offshore wind farms.