TechSurge Workshops

TechSurge Workshop Program

The MTS TechSurge program of marine technology workshops began with the 2009 Marine Technology for Offshore Wind Power Workshop on June 29–20, 2009, in Arlington, Va.

Please continue to monitor this page for information on the next TechSurge workshop.

First TechSurge Workshop a Success

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MTS’s first TechSurge workshop, held June 29–30, 2009, drew more than 175 people to Arlington, Va., for a two-day networking and learning opportunity on offshore wind energy.

The 2009 Marine Technology for Offshore Wind Power Workshop focused on European experiences, with several participants noting that Europe is 15 to 20 years ahead in offshore wind development.
 
The first day of the workshop opened with keynote speeches by representatives of national and state governments, and ended with presentations by engineers from companies based in The Netherlands that have been involved in the successful installation of turbines offshore Europe. On the second day, technical sessions from both U.S. and European-based professionals covered economics, siting, foundations, pile installation and cabling.
 
The U.S. is poised to move aggressively into the area of offshore wind, according to the keynote address of Dr. Walter Cruickshank with the Minerals Management Service (MMS). Using maps to illustrate his point, he noted the distribution of population along the coastal U.S. and indicated that the U.S. could clearly benefit from offshore renewable energy.
 
MMS now has full permitting authority for Outer Continental Shelf wind projects and, he said, would provide a regulatory “cradle to grave” framework, adding that MMS’s priority was to be prepared to start commercial leasing by next year. He also discussed the actions of several eastern states—in particular New Jersey, Delaware and Rhode Island—whose governments were supporting research and selecting companies to build and install their first turbines.
 
In his keynote address, MTS member Dr. Richard Spinrad, assistant administrator of the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, talked about the need to develop a robust ocean observing system, which he said was crucial to obtaining the information necessary for locating the best offshore sites for wind energy projects. According to Spinrad, the Department of Energy wants 20 percent of U.S. energy to come from wind by 2030. He illustrated the potential value of NOAA’s accurate forecasts in the future operation of wind energy fields.
 
Stephen A. Walz, senior advisor for energy policy for the Commonwealth of Virginia, spoke on behalf of the state’s governor about the stat

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