U.S. Department of Energy Issues Request for Information on National-Level Offshore Wind Energy R&D Facilities
Aug. 3, 2018
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a request for information (RFI) seeking to understand our U.S. offshore wind testing capabilities and how we can improve those facilities to compete in the global market. DOE’s Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) supports a wide scope of research, including the Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects, the collection of hub-height wind and various metocean data by the DOE offshore wind LIDAR resource assessment buoys, floating offshore wind technology and cost reduction research, standards development, and the recently announced U.S. Offshore Wind R&D Consortium.
Testing of offshore wind components and scale-prototypes has been critical to the advancement of the industry. WETO is seeking public input regarding capabilities and needs of national-level test facilities for offshore wind-specific R&D. Specifically, WETO is seeking information on facilities that can conduct unique offshore wind R&D in the United States; what upgrades to existing facilities or new facilities are needed for the United States to be at the cutting edge of offshore wind R&D; and what tests and analyses could be carried out at existing, upgraded, or new facilities in order to advance the U.S. offshore wind industry.