Europe’s offshore wind industry is coming to America, and that should be concerning

By Paul Dvorak Andy Filak / Principal / AMF Concepts
European companies have developed their offshore wind construction methods to a point where they see it as something to export. They have already succeeded by biding and winning the only offshore wind leases on the U.S. East Coast.
For the follow-on developments (in Massachusetts and New York) Siemens (Germany) and Vestas (Denmark) will be supplying the ‘Topside’ or wind turbine generators (WTGs) in these leases.
The ‘foundations’ for the WTGs will be supplied by Statoil (Norway) a company that favors a deep water, floating foundation with their-spar buoy technology. (www.ingenia.org.uk/Ingenia/Articles/901)
Filak’s spar buoy would support a turbine

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