As the world grows ever more aware of the threat we face due to climate change, renewable energy is becoming a competitive growing industry focusing on the ability to maintain the resources needed for our everyday lives, while still limiting our impact on the environment. Wind energy has proven itself on land, and existing infrastructure and technology is developing to where it is economically competitive offshore as well. Europe has numerous offshore windfarms, and America is finally starting to move in that direction. America’s first offshore wind farm, Block Island Wind Farm, off the coast of Rhode Island lead the way for the second farm, South Fork Wind Farm, to be recently approved for the coast of Long Island, New York.
Research using FAST, a coupled dynamic analysis software, for fixed offshore wind turbines will help create more efficient and reliable designs, and help make clean energy a future of America.