WindFloat, Enabling a Paradigm Shift for the Renewable Energy Market in California

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 2:30pm
3110 Etcheverry Hall
Antoine Peiffer

Aero-Hydro Lead

Principle Power Inc.

Emeryville, CA


E-201 Ocean Engineering Seminar Series, Spring 2018


2:00 - 2:30pm Beverages & Refreshments

2:30 - 4:00pm Seminar


Offshore wind provides the possibility of a very abundant supply of clean and carbon-free energy and has largely been untapped in the US particularly in California, where offshore-wind resource potential is immense.  Along the coast of California, the steep continental shelf makes it infeasible to build the typical bottom-mounted wind turbines.  However, the recent ability to erect increasingly large wind turbines (6~8MW) on floating platforms, such as the WindFloat platform developed by Principle Power Inc. (PPI), has presented new possibilities of tapping this resource. This is particularly important when the State has set the most ambitious renewable energy targets of any economy of its size: half of its electricity supply to be from renewable sources by 2030, and a target of 100% from renewables by 2045.  This seminar will first present the status of the global offshore wind energy industry, including the advancement of floating wind-turbine technology.  It will then focus on the distinctive proposition of what offshore wind can offer to California.  The recent activities carried out at the State and Federal level will be reviewed. The building of this entirely new industry, involving many major infrastructure development, presents its own set of opportunities, benefits, and challenges, which will be discussed.


Antoine Peiffer is an enthusiastic advocate for offshore floating wind turbines.  He holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture from UC Berkeley.  In 2009, he joined the engineering team of Principle Power Inc. (PPI), an innovative technology and services developer and provider for the offshore deep-water wind energy sector.  Antoine has worked on the development of WindFloat technology for nearly a decade.  Currently, he is the lead engineer for the aero-hydro group of the company.  In this role at PPI, he aims at accelerating the commercialization of the WindFloat technology around the world by developing and executing global market entry strategies. Antoine is currently the Chair of the Northern California Section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).


Hosted by: Prof. R. W. Yeung, 6135 Etcheverry Hall (