NOWRDC: $9 Million Available in Offshore Wind Solicitations

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The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC) says $9 million is available through its Innovation in Offshore Wind Solicitation 1.0 for offshore wind technology research and development projects. 

The announcement advances the consortium’s long-term strategy for identifying innovative technology to further drive down costs of offshore wind development in the U.S.

“On behalf of the consortium, I am pleased to release this opportunity for offshore wind research,” says Carrie Cullen Hitt, executive director of the consortium. 

“The Challenge Areas reflect critical topics identified by industry to move development forward by lowering costs and furthering the U.S. supply chain,” she adds.

The solicitation, open to companies and academic and research institutions, seeks new solutions that remove barriers and address issues essential for cost reduction, deployment and industry growth in the U.S. Proposals should demonstrate technology with high potential for replicability, providing a feasible path to commercialization that delivers benefits to multiple categories of end-users.

The solicitation has three rounds, each containing multiple Challenge Areas:

  • Round 1: Enabling Large Scale Turbines
  • Round 2: Support Structure Innovation and Supply Chain
  • Round 3: Electrical Systems and Innovation; Mitigation of Use Conflicts

“This industry-led R&D initiative has already demonstrated its preeminent role in offshore wind innovations. Building on the success of the prior solicitation of the NOWRDC, we look forward to awarding additional high-caliber projects through this second solicitation,” says Jan Matthiesen, vice chairman of the consortium’s board of directors.

Interested proposers can find more details about the solicitation, including challenge areas within these rounds, here.

Photo: NOWRDC’s landing page

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