All In Its Design: Block Island Wind Farm Thrives In Snow Storm

Mar 17, 2017

While New England was getting hit with a mix of high winds and snow Tuesday, Deepwater Wind was having a productive work day. The off-shore wind energy company got through the storm without any problems while capturing the maximum amount of energy it could- 30 megawatts.

In a statement, the company’s CEO Jeffrey Grybowski expressed his satisfaction with the turbines’ performance during the storm. 

Meaghan Wims, a Deepwater Wind spokesperson, said the five turbines’ performance came down to their design that is made to weather a "100-year storm."

The 600-foot wind turbines are made of a steel base and composite wings. The turbines can continue producing energy up to winds of 55 mph. Once the wind exceeds that speed, the turbines shut down and their wings feather, pivoting against the direction of the wind- a common feature with offshore wind turbines.

“In the offshore wind industry, we love strong storms. They give us a chance to
really put the wind farm through its paces and operate at full-throttle,” said
Deepwater’s CEO.

Once the winds calmed, the turbines automatically resumed normal operation.