American Offshore Energy is dedicated to the development and implementation of offshore, floating, vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs). These
turbines have a broader base and much lower center of gravity than
HAWTs, so they float easily, allowing for inexpensive siting in Class 6 winds. AOE's VAWTs have just one moving part, the rotor, supported at the perimeter by near frictionless
bearings enabling direct drive generation at the perimeter and
eliminating the entire drive line. VAWT's are less expensive and
faster to build, resulting in 50% cost reduction per MW, shorter
delivery time, and low maintenance in operation.