Expert to discuss winter's impact on wind turbines

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A research-based discussion on the impact a Great Lakes winter has on offshore structures will take place at Grand Valley’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center.

“Offshore Wind Turbines vs Winter on the Great Lakes: Technology Briefing” will take place on Monday, October 21, from 1:30-3 p.m. at MAREC, 200 Viridian Dr. in Muskegon.

Dale G. Karr, a professor of naval architecture and marine engineering at the University of Michigan, will discuss his research for the U.S. Department of Energy. His research includes how ice formation and extreme waves in the Great Lakes affect wind platform design.

The event is free; registration is required by October 18 at or (616) 331-6900.

For more information, contact Arn Boezaart, director of MAREC, at