Lessons Learned from First US Offshore Wind Farm: Design, Manufacturing and Construction
ABS Group Power and Global Renewable Energy Division
All stakeholders have an interest in building on the experience of existing projects to reduce investment cost, streamline the project development process and build high performing projects. From 2014 through 2016, ABS Group served as the Certified Verification Agent (CVA) for the Block Island project, the first commercial offshore wind farm in U.S. waters. In this role, we provided an independent third-party assessment of the design, fabrication
From this experience, we have presented a variety of technical and process challenges and solutions to further the knowledge and capability of the U.S. offshore wind industry, including:
- How to avoid delays and rework in the design phase – get it right the first time
- How to decide where to focus quality control efforts during a
global manufacturing phase – identify and concentrate on the fast paced areas high risk
- How to work together to execute a safe installation – understand and reduce interface risks
Presented at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Offshore WINDPOWER 2016 conference, this technical paper outlines the lessons learned during our work as CVA for the Block Island Wind Farm.
Visit us in booth #21 at the AWEA Offshore Windpower 2018 Conference, October 16-17, 2018, in Washington, D.C. at The Hyatt on Capitol Hill. Rain Byars, P.E. will present the paper, Demystifying the CVA Process , on Wed., October 17, at 11 am.