DOE invest $20 million into offshore wind research - Smart Energy Decisions

Regulation, Wind  -  April 3, 2020

DOE invests $20 million into offshore wind research

The U.S. Department of Energy announced April 1 that it will be investing $20 million in offshore wind energy resource characterization and technology demonstrations

The first focus of the Funding Opportunity Announcement is improving wind resource characterization and modeling in offshore wind energy development areas, in order to more accurately predict the power output of future offshore wind projects and integrate the power generated from them into the grid. The proposed projects must focus on improving wind resource model physics for foundational wind forecasts and other applications in offshore wind energy development areas.

The second focus of the initiative will be on enabling the demonstration of new technology to advance offshore wind energy in the U.S. Those applying for funding should prove that their project either implements an innovative technology at engineering/pilot or full-scale, and/or employs a methodology that has yet to be used commercially in the United States for offshore wind, at an offshore wind project that is planned to be operational by 2025. 

“This funding for offshore wind resource science will improve the weather models that wind plant developers and operators rely on to manage their fleet effectively and provide predictable, low-cost electricity,” Assistant Secretary Daniel R Simmons said in a statement. “Additionally, funding offshore wind projects can increase confidence in pre-commercial technologies and methodologies, paving the way for the development of a world-class U.S. offshore wind industry of the future.”

Concept papers are due Thursday, April 30, 2020, and full applications for this funding opportunity are due on Thursday, July 9, 2020.

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