New consortium working to cut offshore wind costs & construction noise

By Michelle Froese One important way marine mammals navigate, forage, and communicate is through sounds. Unexpected or atypical sounds — such as underwater noise from offshore construction activity — is a concern for many wind developers and environmentalists. In our June 2018 issue, the article A quieter way to construct offshore turbine foundations discussed a method for pile driving that replaces the use of loud and disruptive hydraulic hammers (click here for a refresher).
The new “Mono Bucket” combines the key benefits of a gravity-based foundation, a monopile, and a suction bucket. The suction-bucket installation method eliminates the need for pile driving and noise

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