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From the Chair:

Welcome to the Northern California Section representing The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers in Northern California and Western Nevada.

We strive to provide presentations of interest to our members and guests. Meetings are monthly from September until late Spring jointly with ASNE and occasionally with the Port Engineers at locations varying from San Francisco and Oakland to Vallejo or Sunnyvale. The usual meeting format includes a social hour, dinner (sometimes lunch), presentation and Q&A period. Several meetings each season are field trips to industry landmarks. Our meetings are usually the Second Wednesday of the month unless noted.

We are always in need of volunteers. If you wish to volunteer, please use the "Contact Us" link. If you receive your announcements by mail, please let us know your email address. This will speed up notification and save on section mailing costs. 


Upcoming Events

  • NorCal Section - WindFloat, Expanding the Potential of Offshore Wind

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM PT
    Join us this Tuesday, January 21st at Drake's Dealership in Oakland, CA as Antoine Peiffer, Vice President and Head of Engineering for Principle Power, Inc. will present on the topic of floating wind turbines

    Speaker Name

    Mr. Antoine Peiffer, Vice President, Engineering Principle Power Emeryville, CA

    Antoine is a passionate advocate for ocean renewable energy and offshore floating wind turbines. He has 10 years of experience in the global offshore floating wind sector at Principle Power and has held a few leadership roles in Engineering and Business Development. His technical expertise includes the design and supply of floating foundations for the offshore wind industry.

    Antoine is a graduate from the University of California at Berkeley under the Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture program. He was the chair of the Northern California section of SNAME in 2017-2018.

    Presentation Title
    WindFloat, expanding the potential of offshore wind

    Presentation Abstract
    Offshore wind provides the possibility of a very abundant supply of clean and carbon-free energy and has largely been untapped in the US particularly in California, where offshore wind resource potential is immense. Along the coast of California, the steep continental shelf makes it infeasible to build the typical bottom-mounted wind turbines. However, the recent ability to erect increasingly large wind turbines (8-10MW) on floating platforms, such as the WindFloat platform developed by Principle Power, has presented new possibilities. This is particularly important when the State has set the most ambitious renewable energy targets of any economy of its size: half of its electricity supply to be from renewable sources by 2030, and a target of 100% from renewables by 2045. 


    This presentation will start with an overview of the global offshore wind energy industry and the emergence of floating wind technology. The WindFloat technology development path from concept phase to pre-commercial phase will then be presented with an emphasis on past and current projects. Finally, future utility-scale floating wind developments already planned for commercial deployment in California and around the world will be discussed.

    6:00 pm: Networking begins
    6:30 pm: Food prepared
    7:45 pm: Presentation
    * NOTE: Parking in the area is limited and Pay-by-Space

    Members = $30
    Non-Members = $40
    Student Members = $20
    Non-Member Students = $25
    ALL Walk-Ups & Tuesday, 1/20/2020 Registrations = $40

    Oakland, CA, United States

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