Offshore floating wind turbine developer tells his story August 15

Date: August 13, 2013

Story originally published on on August 12, 2013
By: Dave Alexander


One of the designers of floating wind turbine technology who could change the energy industry around the world will be in Muskegon for a presentation Thursday, Aug. 15.

Glosten Associates naval architect and marine engineer Charles Nordstrom will be at the Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon. His free technical briefing on the PelaStar floating turbine platform technology will be from 1:30-3 p.m. at MAREC, 200 Viridian Drive.

PelaStar is a Glosten-developed method of supporting huge offshore, utility-scale wind turbine generators in deep water. Using “tension-leg” technology, PelaStar’s platform floats below the surface and is anchored by supports attached to the ocean or lake bottom.

Nordstrom will discuss how Glosten created the floating turbine technology, how it currently is working on a prototype installation and what the company’s break-through might mean for wind energy development on Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes.

Glosten is a Seattle-based marine engineering consultant and Nordstrom heads its technology development. Nordstrom is familiar with the Great Lakes as he grew up on the shores of Lake Huron in Michigan.

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