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Project Title:

Offshore Wind Energy Turbine Structural and Operating Safety
PIN: TRB-SASP-10-01        

Major Unit:

Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit: Transportation Research Board Consensus and Advisory Studies Division

RSO: Woodruff, Madeline

Subject/Focus Area: Energy and Energy Conservation; Transportation and Infrastructure

Project Scope
This study will provide guidance to the Minerals Management Service (MMS) on the direction and intent of its proposed approach to overseeing the development and safe operation of offshore wind turbines.  The study will provide findings regarding

a.     Standards and Practices:  The applicability and adequacy of existing standards and practices for the design, fabrication, and installation of offshore wind turbines.

b.     Role of Certified Verification Agents (CVA):  The expected role of the CVA in identifying acceptable standards to be used (including determining the compatibility – the acceptability of mixing and matching – of standards from different sources), and the expected role of the CVA in conducting monitoring and onsite inspections to verify compliance with the standards.

c.     CVA Qualifications:  The expected experience level, technical skills and capabilities, and support equipment and computer hardware/software needed to be considered a qualified CVA.

The focus of the study will be limited to the safety of structural and operational characteristics of offshore wind turbines, including turbine design, fabrication, and installation.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service.

The approximate starting date for the project is May 2010.

A final report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 10 months.

Note (12-14-2010): The Project Scope has been updated for clarity. The updated version is as shown above.

Project Duration: 10 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 06/28/2010
 Meeting 2 - 08/10/2010
 Meeting 3 - 10/25/2010


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Structural Integrity of Offshore Wind Turbines: Oversight of Design, Fabrication, and Installation