New members join US offshore wind R&D consortium

A picture from Cathie Associates visit to the US’ first commercial offshore wind farm; Block Island.

January 25 (Renewables Now) - The states of Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia and three wind sector players have joined a recently-formed consortium supporting offshore wind research and development (R&D) in the US.

The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium announced on Thursday that among its new members will be EnBW North America, Vineyard Wind, a partnership developing an 800-MW project off the coast of Massachusetts, as well as clean energy transmission developer Anbaric Development Partners. The companies and the newly-added states will partner with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the US Department of Energy and other members, to provide financing, technology validation and leadership as part of the Consortium's objectives.

The group's goal is to distribute research funds through a series of open solicitations in the next four years, in line with priorities identified in its Research and Development Roadmap, building on three key R&D pillars. The first request for proposals is to be announced next month, with awards expected in March.

"Participation of public and private stakeholders such as these will contribute greatly to growing partnerships which will support this important industry and ensure that we will meet our renewable energy goals,” said Consortium chairman of the board Robert B Catell.

NYSERDA in June secured USD 18.5 million (EUR 16.3m) in funds from the Department of Energy (DOE) for a term of four years to lead the national R&D consortium. Among the Consortium’s existing members are the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), The Carbon Trust, National Grid, as well as offshore wind developers Avangrid Renewables, EDF Renewable Energy, Equinor (FRA:DNQ), Innogy (ETR:IGY), Northland Power (TSE:NPI), Ørsted (CPH:ORSTED) and Royal Dutch Shell (AMS:RDSA).

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.883)

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