O&M, Wind

Department of Energy Announces Research Funding for Offshore Wind

By Editors of Power Engineering

The Department of Energy announced $18.5 million in new funding for an offshore wind research and development consortium that will conduct U.S.-specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S.

This consortium will be a cooperative private-public innovation hub addressing wind plant technology advancement, resource and physical site characterization, installation, operations and maintenance and supply chain technology solutions.

“As the former Governor of one of the largest wind producing states, I know the value of wind power in our energy portfolio,” said Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “This work will further DOE’s goal to accelerate the development of offshore wind technologies by supporting fundamental research to reduce the costs of offshore wind energy to successfully compete in regional energy markets.”

The release noted the United States faces a number of challenges in offshore wind, including deep water, hurricanes, supply chains and maintenance at sea.

DOE intends to select an administrator to coordinate the collaborative R&D activities conducted by the consortium. The consortium will include members of the offshore wind industry, who will contribute funds and use the research findings to further advance technologies.

In addition to this $18.5 million funding opportunity announcement, $2 million will also be allocated to research at DOE’s national laboratories to support consortium R&D activities.