Offshore wind buoy now active off US East Coast

Feb. 24, 2023
The buoy will collect weather and wave data and track the movement of highly migratory species for Vineyard Offshore's wind project.

Offshore staff

BOSTON  The Vineyard Northeast FLIDAR buoy has been deployed off the northeast US.

The offshore wind buoy will remain in position for about one to two years, and it will collect weather data including wave height and direction, surface current and air temperature. The buoy will also be equipped with an acoustic receiver to track the movement of highly migratory species.

Vineyard Offshore assists with every phase of offshore wind project development, from conception and design to permitting, finance and construction. Vineyard Offshore was established by the same team that founded Vineyard Wind 1 (the first commercial-scale wind farm in the US).

Vineyard Offshore has two lease areas under development: OCS-A 0522 called “Vineyard Northeast” (where the buoy was recently deployed) and OCS-A 0544 called “Vineyard Mid-Atlantic.” 

Combined with the Vineyard Wind 1 project, Vineyard Offshore will develop more than 4 GW of renewable energy on the East Coast of the US, which is enough to power at least 2.4 million homes. 

Buoy technology

In November 2022, Resen Waves began working with the Project Greensand carbon capture and storage consortium to assess use of small-scale wave energy buoys, with the power used to monitor offshore activities.

In June 2022, two wind measurement buoys began operating in the Celtic Sea, in waters between Cornwall, western England and South Wales, as part of a planned floating wind turbine development.

Moreover, in October 2021, Fugro installed and operated four SEAWATCH wind lidar buoys at two locations offshore Denmark for Energinet’s Energy Island project. Energioe Nordsoen and Energioe Baltic serve as hubs connecting several offshore wind farms.

In September 2021, Seaway7 contracted Briggs Marine to supply, deploy, maintain and recover 13 demarcation buoys and three wave rider buoys for the Seagreen wind farm offshore Scotland. 

And in 2020, Maersk Supply Service A/S and Ørsted partnered to test a prototype buoy that acts as both a safe mooring point and a charging station for offshore wind farm service vessels.