University of Michigan Gets Offshore Wind Ready for Winter on Lake Michigan

Project Overview
Positive Impact: Understanding the impact of ice on offshore wind turbines.
Modeling tool to analyze the ice buildup on wind turbine blades.
Locations: Michigan
Partners: University of Michigan
EERE Investment: $400,000
Clean Energy Sector: Renewable electricity generationPDF

The University of Michigan received funding from EERE to develop a modeling tool to simulate surface water ice impact on offshore wind turbine designs, especially designs involving innovative substructures. The funding will be used to augment existing computer-aided engineering tools, used for offshore wind turbine analysis, with a new module that can address the impact of ice buildup on turbine blades—a major challenge to deploying offshore wind in the Great Lakes.

The Wind Program is committed to developing and deploying a portfolio of innovative technologies for clean, domestic power generation to support an ever-growing industry.

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