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

First Solicitation Issued as Called for in Consortium’s
Research and Development Roadmap

March 29, 2019

The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (Consortium) today announced up to $7 million in funding for its first comprehensive solicitation for offshore wind technology projects as called for in the Consortium’s Research and Development Roadmap (Roadmap). Today’s announcement marks an important step in advancing the long-term strategy for identifying innovative technology to further drive down costs of offshore wind development in the United States, making it even more competitive with other generation resources.

Robert Catell, Consortium Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) said, “This initial solicitation is an important step in moving ahead with the technical improvements that are going to be necessary to reduce the long term cost of offshore wind and ensure it will be an important component of meeting our long term energy goals. It is very encouraging that we have been able to move so quickly.”

Under the solicitation, the Consortium seeks proposals that foster significant reductions in the lifetime average cost of offshore wind energy while overcoming domestic market challenges in offshore wind technology. Each proposal is required to address one of the following technical challenge areas identified by the Consortium:

  • Wind Turbine Array Performance and Control Optimization
  • Cost-Reducing Turbine Support Structures for the U.S. Market
  • Floating Structure Mooring Concepts for Shallow and Deep Waters
  • Power System Design and Innovation

Created in response to industry-led feedback, the Consortium’s Roadmap identifies three core research and development “pillars” that will be addressed through solicitations and awarded projects over the next four years. Additional challenge areas, consistent with the Roadmap, will be addressed in future solicitations and regularly revised to incorporate fast-moving market dynamics, up-to-date stakeholder feedback and new research priorities and objectives, including priorities in offshore wind power resource and physical site characterization and installation, operations and maintenance, and supply chain.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) said, “Private-public partnerships and state-to-state collaborations are critical to achieving New York’s nation-leading clean energy and climate agenda. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, we are actively planning for our clean energy future in a way that supports the successful development of the burgeoning national offshore wind industry. Today’s announcement reaffirms the Consortium’s commitment to reduce costs, address development barriers, and move forward collectively to advance responsible development of offshore wind in the Northeast and United States as a whole.”

In June 2018, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority was awarded $18.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to lead a nationwide offshore wind technology research and development consortium. As the first federally funded public-private partnership focused on advancing offshore wind technology in the United States, the Consortium, as a not-for-profit organization, aims to develop cost-effective and responsible development of offshore wind and to maximize economic benefits in the United States. The grant from DOE was matched by financial support from NYSERDA for a term of four years. NYSERDA is administering this initial solicitationLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. on behalf of the Consortium.

The Consortium is led by a Board of Directors that includes offshore wind industry leaders from around the world, states, U.S. representatives of national utilities and national laboratories. Members include industry leaders Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at New York State University at Stony Brook; The Carbon Trust International, Inc.; National Grid; NYSERDA; Renewables Consulting Group and U.S. national laboratories as well as offshore wind developers Avangrid Renewables; EDF Renewable Energy; EDP Renewables; Equinor; Innogy; Northland Power; Ørsted; and Shell. Earlier this year, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, offshore wind developers EnBW North America and Vineyard Wind, and large-scale clean energy transmission developer Anbaric Development Partners joined the Consortium.

“The offshore wind industry is rapidly mobilizing for construction of the first commercial-scale projects in the United States,” said Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Program Director Nils Bolgen. “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.”

John Warren, Director, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy said, “The research enabled through the work of the Consortium will inform an entire industry. Research results will provide vital data in developing industry best-practices and a pathway to lower costs, reduced impacts, and speedier delivery. With such an important role in the birth of an industry in the U.S., to be part of this organization is truly exciting.”

Mary Beth Tung, Director of the Maryland Energy Administration said, "This solicitation is a good first step in the Consortium’s mission of enhancing offshore wind research and development. Research projects funded through this solicitation will create opportunities by bringing new technologies to the market place and will lower the cost of wind energy for Maryland residents, benefit Maryland’s economy, as well as support this burgeoning industry."

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