What you will learn:
This course will walk you through the project development activities that developers undertake to better understand the site conditions in their lease areas. Each survey gives the developers much needed information to inform the design and predict the expected energy output of the offshore wind project. The first part of the course will cover seabed investigations: what kinds of surveys are done, what we learn from the different types of surveys, what they entail, and how the information collected during these surveys impacts the design of the offshore wind project. The second part of the course will cover wind resource assessments and metocean studies.
Who should attend?
This course is intended for:
- Employees of energy developers who are considering entering the offshore wind industry to learn the differences between site investigations for onshore and offshore wind
- Government officials who are involved in pieces of offshore wind that would benefit from a broader understanding of the different surveys that are involved to inform the design process
2. Siting and site characterization
2.1 Geophysical and geotechnical surveys and implications
2.2 Wind resource assessment
2.3 Met-ocean studies (water levels and waves)
Director, Offshore Wind North America
Dr. Duerr is the Director for the Offshore Wind North America practice within DNV GL Energy’s Renewables Advisory. She has been in the offshore renewables space for the past 11 years, with a specific focus on offshore wind for the past 7 years. Prior to DNV GL, Dr. Duerr was the Offshore Wind Lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office where she led the offshore wind R&D portfolio, including the Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects, the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium with NYSERDA, and was a leader in the development and implementation of the 2016 National Offshore Wind Strategy. Dr. Duerr received her B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute, and her Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. The combination of her education and professional experiences have allowed her to dive deep into the technology and research aspects of offshore wind, including project siting, resource assessment, plant optimization, installation, construction, logistics, and U.S. specific market drivers, regulations, and supply chain challenges.