UL provides technical advisory, software and data, testing, inspection, certification, research and advanced studies that empower the offshore wind industry. The strategies and solutions we employ are trusted by those invested in the manufacturing, development, financing and operations of these projects.
Verifying safety, reliability and performance
UL helps evaluate offshore wind turbines and components. Some of the testing services offered include mechanical load testing, validation and type testing, and power performance testing. UL is also involved in offshore wind research. Some of the topics we have worked on include incoming wind and wake of turbines, water pressure rings, wave loads, and acoustics and operational noise, all of which impact performance of an offshore turbine.
Working to overcome the challenges of offshore wind development
Offshore wind farm development presents its own set of unique challenges. Limited access to onsite hub-height wind resource measurements makes it more difficult to fully characterize the wind resource in offshore environments. Overcoming this challenge requires a variety of creative solutions. From wind resource and energy assessment, to oceanographic studies, to wind farm layout and design, your project’s success is our priority. Our offshore team specializes in the management and integration of the multidisciplinary aspects of offshore wind development and has designed and assessed nearly 200,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar projects, both on land and offshore.
In the offshore and coastal development arenas, UL’s technical advisory group designs and implements offshore wind resource assessments and met-ocean studies, including met tower design and review. We employ innovative approaches to wind measurement and atmospheric characterization using buoys, fixed and floating platforms, and remote sensing technologies. We have also led offshore studies that are paving the way for the development of a viable offshore industry in the United States, including cost-benefit analyses, industry data needs assessments, and the evaluation of new technologies.
Certification for offshore wind
As offshore wind energy technologies advance, their continued safety, reliability and performance must be determined. As safety science experts, UL helps customers navigate these risks through type certification and project certification. UL certification helps customers confirm compliance and confidence in the reliability of the technology.
UL’s offshore wind collaboration activities are also reflected by involvement in research and leadership roles.
- Meteorological measurements on FINO1, a research platform for the offshore wind energy generation of the Federal Ministry of Environment (BMU)
- Development and planning of measurement program/systems and data management, including LiDAR for RAVE- Research at Alpha Ventus
- Facilitator and co-author of “A Framework for Offshore Wind Energy Development in the United States” on behalf of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, US Department of Energy and General Electric.
- Primary author of the “New Jersey Offshore Wind Energy Feasibility Study” for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
- Part of 2011 US Department of Energy team of experts to identify sites for high offshore potential and grid interconnection for all US coastal regions.
- Leading wake model research. View the video “New Research on Wake Models Improves Predictions”