The CADEMO offshore wind farm will consist of 4 turbines located 3 miles offshore, covering an area of approximately 2.5 square miles. CIERCO Projects Corporation submitted a seabed lease and permit application to the California State Lands Commission that is in process.
The project has the potential to generate up to 60 Megawatts (MW) of renewable energy, which is enough to supply over 21,500 Californian homes - around half the annual domestic energy needs of the nearby city of Lompoc and will offset over 234,183 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. To combat climate change, the State of California has adopted legislation and set binding targets for reductions in carbon emissions and corresponding renewable electricity power generation targets, leading to 100 percent clean energy by 2045 under SB100 . The CADEMO project is an integral part of that decarbonization strategy, piloting offshore wind before the roll out of larger scale offshore wind projects elsewhere in Californian waters.
The Vandenberg area was chosen because it meets a number of technical, economic and environmental criteria which make it suitable to host a limited scaled offshore wind demonstration project. Whilst the State Lands Commission application depicts the location as shown in the map above, the CADEMO project team is working with the State Lands Commission and the Department of Defense on possible alternative turbine locations within the selected vicinity. The project team are looking forward to engaging in discussions with stakeholders about the siting of the turbines within the area.
The CADEMO project will introduce two new forms of floating wind foundations especially designed to address the deep waters off the US west coast. Floating Offshore wind is an evolving technology that has the potential for less foundation material, shortened installation and decommissioning periods and has the capability to significantly expand accessible offshore wind generation by accessing waters deeper than 50 meters. Essentially a floating offshore wind structure is a platform base for a wind turbine that has three key components:
The CADEMO project will use the latest design of offshore wind turbine technology. The turbines will visually be similar to 'conventional' wind turbines, but technically will be different with larger blades and high generation capacities.
The cutting edge technology presents new challenges in the integration of larger turbines to a floating foundation and the CADEMO project will be the first project to install these turbines at this scale. The indicative turbine parameters include:
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