Offshore Wind Gets Big Support From DOE

NAW Staff, Thursday 08 September 2011 - 13:13:40



U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu has announced that the DOE is awarding $43 million over the next five years to speed technical innovations, lower costs and shorten the timeline for deploying offshore wind energy systems.

The funding, which will go to 41 projects across 20 states, will advance wind turbine design tools and hardware, improve information about U.S. offshore wind resources and accelerate the deployment of offshore wind by reducing market barriers such as supply-chain development, transmission and infrastructure, the DOE says.

These awards will help the U.S. compete in the global wind energy manufacturing sector, promote economic development and job creation, and support the development of an emerging clean energy industry, the DOE adds.

"The U.S. has an abundant offshore wind resource that remains untapped," says Chu. "Through these awards, the Department of Energy is developing the critical technology and knowledge base necessary to responsibly develop this resource, enhance our energy security and create new clean energy jobs."

The selections announced today focus on three technical approaches to advancing offshore technology and seven approaches to removing market barriers to responsible offshore wind energy deployment.

Some of the projects include the following:


The full list of award winners is available here.





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