• April 19-21, 2023 | New Orleans, Louisiana
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David King

Gulf Wind Technology

Co-Founder and, Chief Technology Officer

David King is an engineer and entrepreneur. He is co-founder and CTO of Gulf Wind Technology, wind turbine innovator, blade design engineer, composite structures authority, and lead designer of blades offshore in China, across the plains of North America, and throughout India. He has led test campaigns to certify wind turbine blades with Bureau Veritas, Tuv Nord, and Tuv Sud as well as developed innovative installation and transportation methods for truck, rail, and ship.

David grew up in South Texas working on and flying in general aviation aircraft. Flying sparked his interest in composites and the power of air. He graduated from the University of Wyoming where he studied mechanical engineering. David has since developed blade designs for multiple of the large OEMs with innovations in composites, manufacturing, and installation. He has co-founded Gulf Wind Technology with the mission of growing and catalyzing the offshore wind energy industry. At Gulf Wind Technology he strives to develop the collaboration across industry required to bring about innovative solutions that will unlock the green electron for the gulf coast.

Sessions With David King

Wednesday, 27 April

  • 02:30pm - 03:15pm (CST) / 27/apr/2022 07:30 pm - 27/apr/2022 08:15 pm

    Offshore and On: Collaborative Problem Solving in the US Wind Market

    Are onshore and offshore wind supply chain logistics distinct disciplines apart from ocean transport, or are there synergies and overlaps that could be better understood and exploited? In the US, a nascent offshore wind energy buildout is drawing attention and investment, thanks largely to the Biden administration's commitment to installing 30 gigawatts of wind power by 2030. As of now, however, only 42 megawatts have been installed in US waters. Onshore wind, a far more mature industry, reached 134 gigawatts installed as of the end 2021, with 12.7 gigawatts added in 2021 alone. Offshore wind has the potential to sop up onshore wind's previous port, terminal, and barge capacity, even as cutting-edge blade technology could simplify onshore logistics within a few years. To some, a real-world ability to meet the 2030 offshore goal is tenuous at best, while both sides are frustrated by a lack of direction from regulators. This session will analyze the outlook, pain points, and opportunities for synergy — or not — within what one executive refers to as offshore and onshore’s "symbiotic" relationship.