On November 14, The Cal Maritime Collegiate Wind Competition Team visited Principle Power in Emeryville, CA. Principle Power designs large offshore floating semi-submersible platforms to support large wind turbines in deep offshore waters, including the WindFloat (a model of which shown below).
Engineers at Principle showed the Cal Maritime CWC Team around the design office, gave a presentation of the company, and a marketing and design overview of the WindFloat, They also gave advice to the Business Team about their CWC business plan which will involve offshore deployment of wind turbines.
From left to right: Stefano Maffei, Matthew Leli, Jonah Grier, Bart Tammaro, Industry Advisor Al Germain, Daniel Neumaier, Faculty Advisor Tom Nordenholz, Principle Power Engineers Seth Price, Sriram Narayanan, Michael Walker, and Antoine Peiffer, Zach Thomas, Quentin Williams, and Adam Olm.
On February 10, 2018, Cal Maritime hosted the first ever Bay Area KidWind challenge, run by KidWind.org with US Department of Energy support. Three local middle schools (Hogan from Vallejo, Prospect Sierra of El Cerrito, and Albany) and one high school (Fresno) competed. Turbine designs ranged from modified kit designs provided by Vernier to completely homemade turbines. Turbines were tested in the Cal Maritime Collegiate Wind Tunnel. Students from the Cal Maritime and CSU Chico Collegiate Wind Teams, along with others from other Cal Maritime engineering clubs, supported the event by advising and judging the students designs, installing their turbines to fit them in the tunnel, and leading tours of the Training Ship Golden Bear. Prizes consisted of gold, silver, and bronze painted tower bolts from a decomissioned wind project.