The US Department of Energy is investing US$20M in offshore wind energy resource characterisation and technology demonstrations
The funding opportunity announcement supports offshore wind development by improving the ability to forecast energy production, and by demonstrating innovative technologies not yet deployed at commercial scale.
By providing funding, technical assistance, and government co-ordination to develop innovative technologies, the DOE hopes to help lower the cost of energy and technology risk, enabling continued cost-effective deployment of wind power.
DOE assistant secretary Daniel Simmons said, “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.
“In addition, funding offshore wind projects can increase confidence in pre-commercial technologies and methodologies, paving the way for the development of a world-class US offshore wind industry.”
In Topic Area 1 the overall goal is to improve wind resource characterisation and modelling in offshore wind energy development areas to more accurately predict the power output of future offshore wind projects and more seamlessly integrate this power into the grid.
Building on previous DOE land-based wind resource characterisation work in complex terrain and subsequent model development in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this project will focus on improving wind resource model physics for foundational wind forecasts and other applications in offshore wind energy development areas.
In Topic Area 2 the goal is to enable the demonstration of a new technology and/or methodology that will advance the state of the art of offshore wind energy in the US.
Proposed projects must either implement an innovative technology at engineering/pilot or full-scale, and/or employ a methodology that has yet to be used commercially in the US for offshore wind, at an offshore wind project that is planned to be operational by 2025.
Concept papers are due 30 April 2020 and full applications for funding are due on 9 July 2020.
For more information and application requirements, see the EERE Exchange website.