ATLANTIS Industry Day

Aerodynamic Turbines Lighter and Afloat with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control

Starting in January 2018, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S. Department of Energy began challenging the research and industrial communities to develop new and disruptive Control Co-Design (CCD) solutions for a large variety of applications.

After delivering a fast-pitch presentation on CCD at the 2018 ARPA-E Summit, ARPA-E held a CCD Workshop for “Wind, Tidal and Wave Energy Systems” that further developed the structure for a potential program in this area. Later, a “Request for Information (RFI) on Potential New Program for Control Co-Design of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines” and a “Teaming Partner List” was created to help facilitate the formation of new project teams for this potential program.

In its latest effort to develop a full program in this area, ARPA-E plans to organize a one day “Industry Day” in the Washington DC area, on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019.  The primary purposes of the industry day will be (1) to evaluate and strengthen the draft technical section in the RFI prior to releasing the associated possible future program, and (2) to facilitate the formation of highly multidisciplinary teams. Participants will lend their technical expertise to suggest any necessary refinements to the draft technical section and to seek clarifications on its objectives. 

Specific outcomes include:

  • - Since the technical approaches sought in the technical section are sufficiently different from traditional approaches, this event will provide an opportunity for ARPA-E to clearly communicate its objectives and allow participants to seek clarifications.
  • - Participants will provide feedback on draft technical targets.
  • - Participants will provide feedback on collaboration approaches.
  • - Participants will span a wide variety of key technical areas of expertise, enabling identification and initial formation of highly multidisciplinary teams. In order to realize the program goals, ARPA‐E aims to bring together diverse engineering and scientific communities. These communities include, but are not limited to control and systems engineering, co-design, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, electrical and mechanical systems, power electronics, electrical generators, structural engineering, naval engineering, modeling, optimization, economics, multi-scale and multi-physics computer algorithms, parallel computing, distributed sensors, intelligent signal processing and actuator networks; as well as developers of offshore wind energy systems and electrical utilities.

For registration in the Industry day, please click here. As refreshments, coffee or meals will not be served during the meeting, no registration fee will be charged. The venue is Hotel Westin Alexandria, in 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-5700 USA. The hotel and nearby area have convenient options for coffee and meals.




9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


One-on-One Meetings with the ARPA-E Team (see one-on-one schedule for room assignments)


1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Introduction to ARPA-E (ARPA-E Deputy Director for Technology Patrick McGrath)

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Introduction of the new potential program: A New Generation of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (ARPA-E Program Director Mario Garcia-Sanz)

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Introduction of A Novel Metric Space to Evaluate the Design of New Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (ARPA-E Program Director Mario Garcia-Sanz)

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM


2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Rapid Introductions

3:45 PM – 4:50 PM

Roundtable Discussions (see printed schedules for room assignments)

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

One-on-One Meetings with the ARPA-E Team (see one-on-one schedule for room assignments)

Note 1

“One-on-one” meetings with ARPA-E Program Director Mario Garcia-Sanz and his team will be in the morning, 9.00 am to 12.00 pm, and at the end of the day, 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm. If you are interested in these one-to-one meetings, please sign up for sessions on the registration website. Spots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please, submit this information before January 10th, 2019.

Note 2

To facilitate the formation of highly multidisciplinary teams the agenda includes a “Rapid-fire introductory session”. During this session, the participants will be able to introduce their teams in a two-minute/one-slide presentation to the rest of the audience. For those interested in these presentations, please use the template provided to create a one-slide PowerPoint file and send to Include in the email the subject “Rapid-fire introductory session”. Also, include in the slide the name, affiliation, areas of previous expertise and areas of interest in the program. As we plan to have a balanced introduction of teams in the three areas of the potential program (see Note 3), ARPA-E will randomly select the presentations accordingly for the three areas and one hour session limit. At the same time, ARPA-E plans to put together a complete document with all the slides received. Please, submit this information before January 10th, 2019.

Note 3

Projects in the new potential program will cover three fundamental areas: (1) radically new FOWT designs with significantly lower mass/kW, (2) a new generation of computer tools to control co-design the FOWTs, and (3) real-data from full and lab-scale experiments to validate the FOWT designs and computer tools.