New $18.5 Million Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Announced by DOE

18 Jun 2018

DOE has selected the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to administer an offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium seeded with $18.5 million from DOE's Wind Energy Technologies Office. The consortium is a cooperative innovation hub that will bring together industry, academia, government, and other stakeholders to advance offshore wind plant technologies, develop innovative methods for wind resource and site characterization, and develop advanced technology solutions for installation, operation, maintenance, and supply chain—all aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the United States. Further research is needed to address offshore conditions specific to the United States such as deep water where floating foundations are required, areas where the seabed conditions are not well understood, the impact of hurricanes on the East Coast, and challenging environments for installation and operations at sea.

NYSERDA will administer and coordinate the collaborative R&D activities of the consortium, which will include offshore wind industry members that will use the research findings to further advance technologies that can reduce the cost of offshore wind in the U.S. market. DOE is also providing an additional $2 million to DOE's national laboratories to support consortium R&D activities.