Abstracts proposals are being accepted for the American Floating Offshore Wind Technical Summit (AFloat2024). AFloat is the premier and longest running floating offshore wind conference in the Americas. Submissions will be considered for a panel or poster presentation. 

This is a remarkable opportunity to showcase research, innovative projects and ideas, and network with leading experts in the field.

AFloat Event Manager

Key Details:

  • Event: American Floating Offshore Wind Technical Summit (AFloat)
  •  Date: September 24 – 25, 2024
  • Venue: Holiday Inn By the Bay | Portland, Maine
  • Theme: Advancing Floating Offshore Wind Technology: Innovation, Sustainability, and Collaboration
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: May 1, 2024
  • Notice of Abstract Acceptance: June 1, 2024
  • Full Presentations and Posters Due: September 6 , 2024

Presentation Submission Guidelines:

  • Registration Discount: Speakers are eligible for discounted event registration.
  • Abstract Format (see abstract form): Each abstract must be written in English and should not exceed 500 words. It should concisely outline the 1) Background, 2) Objectives, 3) Methodology, 4) Key Findings, and 5) Implications and Significance.

Research Topic Areas:

We welcome abstracts covering a broad range of topics related to floating offshore wind including:

  • Global and North American Markets 
  • Emerging Floating Foundation Technologies
  • Turbine Technologies and Scale Up
  • Research Needs and Technology Challenges
  • Demonstration Projects: commercialization pathways, overcoming the Valley of Death
  • Innovations in Mooring, Anchoring Systems, and Dynamic Cabling for Shallow (60m – 90m), Medium (90m-300m), Deep Waters (300m – 1300m), and Ultra Deep (1300m – 3000m) waters
  • Electrical Interconnection: dynamic and inter-array cables, substations, HVDC, technology challenges, backbone considerations
  • Stakeholder and Fisheries Collaboration
  • Ecological & Environmental: monitoring needs, reducing need for manual surveying, autonomous monitoring, mitigation technologies
  • Sustainable Environmental Practices: life cycle analysis, materials, recyclability
  • Co-location: aquaculture, storage, hydrogen, ammonia, other 
  • Regulatory Frameworks and Incentives: federal, state, local
  • Economic Outlook of Floating Technology: financing, insurance 
  • Project Delivery Structures to Mitigate Risk and Reduce Costs
  • Operation and Maintenance Strategies 
  • Scaling Up the Industry: supply chain, workforce development, synergies 
  • Port Infrastructure: requirements, launching mechanisms, vessels, global development plans, funding

Submission Process:

Please submit your abstract as a word document to Taylor Ward at taylor.ward@maine.edu no later than May 1, 2024. Please submit your abstract using this template.

Selection and Notification:

  • Abstracts will be reviewed by the AFloat Advisory Board.
  • Notification of abstract approval will be sent via email by May 19, 2024.

Should you have any questions, please contact Taylor Ward at taylor.ward@maine.edu. We look forward to your participation!