A new semisubmersible unit

The American Bureau of Shipping recently did a hazard identification study as the first step in preliminary planning and advice for WindFloat, a proposed semisubmersible platform for large offshore wind turbines.Principle Power Inc., Seattle, acquired intellectual property rights to that wind energy concept in April. It’s one of several offshore floater concepts under development, said ABS.WindFloat is a three-column semisubmersible structure capable of supporting a wind turbine for marine application in a power range of 3.6-10 Mw. Its design dampens wave and turbine-induced motion so it can be placed in more than 50 m of water to take advantage of “superior” wind resour...

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