Port of Long Beach Revolutionizes Renewable Energy with Unprecedented Floating Offshore Wind Facility

Inspenet, May 16, 2023

The Port of Long Beach has announced plans for Pier Wind, a giant floating offshore wind facility designed to help California and the nation meet renewable energy goals.

Giant offshore wind turbines like the Eiffel Tower are coming to the Port of Long Beach

The facility, the largest of its kind at any US seaport, will support the manufacture and assembly of offshore wind turbines as tall as the Eiffel Tower.

Pier Wind will allow fully assembled turbines capable of generating 20 megawatts of power to be towed by sea to offshore wind farms in central and northern California.

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“As society transitions to clean energy, our port is ideally situated for such an undertaking: with calm seas behind a federal breakwater, one of the deepest and widest waterways in the US, access direct to the open sea and without restrictions of height of the air”. said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.

He added: “Nowhere else has the space to achieve the economies of scale needed to reduce the cost of power for these huge turbines.”

The $4.7 billion project, spanning up to 400 acres within the port district southwest of the Long Beach International Gateway Bridge, will not only provide renewable energy, but also create jobs and career opportunities for communities disproportionately affected by climate change. and port operations.

Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2027, with the first 100 operational acres in early 2031, the second 100 operational acres in late 2031, and the last 200 operational acres in 2035.

The facility is planned to help California meet its goal of producing 25 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2045 and help reduce the national cost of offshore wind power by 70% by 2035.

“The construction of Pier Wind lays the foundation for a zero-carbon energy future, not only for the public but also for our operations,” said Port of Long Beach Commission Chair Sharon L. Weissman.

“Offshore wind is critical to the Port of Long Beach’s own goals of transitioning to zero emissions, ensuring there is a ready supply of reliable, resilient and renewable energy is vital to the work we do to advance commerce,” Weissman commented.

Source : https://gcaptain.com/port-of-long-beach-unveils-plans-for-massive-floating-offshore-wind-facility/

Cover photo : Illustration courtesy of the Port of Long Beach

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