Offshore wind farm developer Deepwater Wind has unveiled proposals for what it claims is the world’s largest combined offshore wind and energy storage project.
Named Revolution Wind, the project envisages a 144MW wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts – about 12 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard – with operations and the 40MWh Tesla battery storage system based in New Bedford.
The company’s CEO, Jeffrey Grybowski, said: “People may be surprised by just how affordable and reliable this clean energy combo will be. Offshore wind is mainstream and it is coming to the US in a big way.”
If the project is approved, construction will begin in 2022, with operations starting in 2023. Survey work is already under way.
Deepwater Wind also provided alternative bids for a larger 288MW version of Revolution Wind and a smaller 96MW version.
“Revolution Wind is flexible and scalable. That’s a serious advantage of offshore wind – we can build to the exact size utilities need,” Grybowski said.
Deepwater Wind has a 30MW wind farm in Rhode Island, which began commercial operations in December 2016, and is in the early stages of developing a 90MW project scheduled to begin serving Long Island in 2022 and a 120MW project due to begin serving Maryland in late 2022.