National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium Announces Availability of Up to $7 Million to Advance Offshore Wind Technology

March 29, 2019

The National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium, which receives funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO), announced the release of its first Request for Proposals (RFP) and the addition of new members. Offshore wind is an important part of DOE's all-of-the-above strategy to ensure a secure, reliable, resilient, affordable, and enduring supply of American energy supporting early-stage R&D.

The Consortium's RFP is related to offshore wind plant technology advancement, which includes optimizing the performance of wind plants; reducing the costs of turbine support structures (e.g. foundations); developing innovative mooring and anchoring technologies for floating wind; and reducing the cost and risk associated with the transmission and distribution of electricity from offshore wind.

The Consortium also added six new members with representation on the Consortium's Board of Directors. New members include state agencies of Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia, who have joined New York in pledged funding and other state resources to support offshore wind R&D.