Offshore Wind Farm Approved for Long Island
Offshore wind proposal is approved to be built off the east coast of the United States; bringing them one step closer to obtaining new, clean, renewable energy.
We have occasionally written about offshore wind farms in the past. Recently, a proposal to construct a 90-megawatt (MW) wind energy plant off the coast of Long Island has been approved. It will become the second offshore wind farm in the United States. The first, the Block Island Wind Farm, generates 30MW of electricity and is located in the coastal waters off Rhode Island.
The South Fork Wind Farm will be a significant step towards a clean, renewable energy source in the United States. It will generate 90 megawatts of energy for Long Island’s South Fork, making it the largest offshore wind farm in America. The project will help satisfy Long Island Power Authority’s commitment to bring online 280 megawatts of on-island renewable capacity. It will also provide early support to the Town of East Hampton’s long-term goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy use by 2030.
Deepwater Wind, the project’s parent company was keenly aware of the energy capacity that other nations have brought online through alternative power sources. In the United Kingdom, offshore wind farms generated a 52% increase in electricity over a recent three-month period.
Observing the successes and environmental benefits of wind farms around the globe convinced Deepwater Wind to bring this renewable energy source to the United States. “There is a huge clean energy resource blowing off of our coastline just over the horizon, and it is time to tap into this unlimited resource to power our communities,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Gybowski in a statement.
“There is a huge clean energy resource blowing off of our coastline just over the horizon, and it is time to tap into this unlimited resource to power our communities”
Gybowski may be on to something. America has a lot of catching up to do. The U.S. Department of Energy¹ estimates that the U.S.A. has the potential to generate 2,000 gigawatts (GW) of electricity solely from offshore wind power farms. On an annual basis, this doubles the capacity generated by fossil fuels plants in the U.S at this time.
To date, there are only five American offshore wind turbines. Whereas in Europe thousands of wind farms generate power to supply their communities. New York State Governor Cuomo’s office released a statement documenting that once constructed, South Fork’s 15 wind turbines will produce enough electricity to power 50,000 homes².
Though their intention is to improve the livelihood of every American, Deepwater Wind has found it difficult to get projects established in the US. Offshore wind farming is a relatively new concept for most Americans. Guidelines and regulations in some jurisdictions lack clarity and oversight. When this is coupled with the new administration’s personal views on wind farms, establishing wind power as a viable and economic power source will prove to be particularly challenging.
Regulating The Submerged Infrastructure
Underwater inspection tools will be required to help maintain the structural integrity of such facilities. Ease of operation and the robust construction of Deep Trekker’s Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) will make them an easy, obvious choice for tracking maintenance and operational infrastructure issues in off-shore wind farm operations. Deep Trekker’s DTG2 and DTX2 are battery operated and can be deployed from anywhere within 30 seconds. These units are already assisting other maritime industries with such challenges.
The compact design of the entire system allows a single Deep Trekker ROV operator to have the ability to get eyes on submerged wind farm infrastructures and then easily monitor integrity from the screen on the hand-held controller. Our ROVs can also be used to assess the marine behavior within the farm’s environment; everything from keeping tabs on the aquatic animals to taking benthic samples.
Preparing for Clean, Renewable Energy
The South Fork Wind Farm has just been approved. Construction of the energy plant is likely years away and even more so for operational use. This could be the project that demonstrates the benefits of clean, renewable offshore energy to the United States. Once this facility is ready, Deep Trekker’s underwater drones will be able to assist with monitoring their ongoing structural and environmental issues.
To learn more about the ideal submerged inspection ROV, contact one of our Deep Trekker representatives.