US to grant USD 7m for offshore wind R&D

Offshore wind. Source: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

April 1 (Renewables Now) - The US government will provide up to USD 7 million (EUR 6.2m) in funding for research on innovative technologies that could lower the costs for developing offshore wind projects.

The proposals will be gathered as part of the first of its kind comprehensive solicitation for offshore wind research projects, with funds to be distributed by the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium. The initiative was announced on Friday by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which is a member of the Consortium.

The targeted research projects will seek to achieve “significant” reductions in the lifetime average cost of offshore wind energy while clearing domestic market hurdles in the sector, with each proposal addressing one of four technical challenge areas. Namely, those are wind turbine array performance and control optimisation, cost-reducting turbine support structures, floating structure mooring concepts for shallow and deep waters, as well as power system design and innovation.

“Strategically focused R&D will be critical to the advancement of this new American industry, and this solicitation provides important resources that will help connect our research and testing community with industry players, driving innovation that will reduce costs and broaden markets,” said Massachusetts Clean Energy Center programme director Nils Bolgen.

Apart from NYSERDA, other members of the Consortium are The Carbon Trust, National Grid, Avangrid Renewables, Equinor (FRA:DNQ), Innogy (ETR:IGY), Northland Power (TSE:NPI), Ørsted (CPH:ORSTED), Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSB), and others.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.890)

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