Next generation wind turbine technology to be presented at MAREC

Pictured is Pelastar, which industry leaders call the next generation offshore wind turbine technology. A presentation will take place August 15 at MAREC.
Pictured is Pelastar, which industry leaders call the next generation offshore wind turbine technology. A presentation will take place August 15 at MAREC.
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A presentation about “next generation offshore wind turbine technology” will take place on August 15 at Grand Valley’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon.

Glosten Associates, an international marine engineering and naval architecture firm in Seattle, has developed Pelastar™, a tension leg sub-surface floating platform system, as an alternative to traditional fixed bed-rock construction that installs wind turbine towers on lake or ocean bottoms. The floating platform technology has the potential to substantially reduce both cost and possible environmental impacts while improving the public perception of offshore wind technology.
 
Charles Nordstrom, naval architect and marine engineer for Glosten Associates, will discuss the potential of the new technology, current progress with prototype development, and what this technology may mean for the development off shore wind energy in the Great Lakes.
 
Pelastar Wind Turbine Floating Platform: Technology Briefing
Thursday, August 15
1:30-3 p.m.
MAREC, 200 Viridian Dr.

Attendance is free and open to the public; RSVP at www.gvsu.edu/marec.

For more information, contact T. Arnold (Arn) Boezaart, director of MAREC, at (616) 331-6900 or boezaara@gvsu.edu.