The states of Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia and leading companies including Vineyard Wind, EnBW North America and Anbaric Development Partners have joined a newly-formed consortium that aims to drive offshore wind R&D in the US.
In a statement issued on 24 January 2019, the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium said the new partners were joining with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), US Department of Energy and other members to provide funding, technology validation, and leadership to accelerate development and innovation in the offshore wind industry in the US.
NYSERDA president and chief executive Alicia Barton said the consortium’s growth was a clear sign of momentum in the fast-developing US offshore wind sector.
Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, EnBW North America, Vineyard Wind and Anbaric Development Partners are joining fellow founding consortium members the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at New York State University at Stony Brook; The Carbon Trust International Inc; National Grid; NYSERDA; Renewables Consulting Group and US national laboratories as well as offshore wind developers Avangrid Renewables; EDF Renewable Energy; EDP Renewables; Equinor; Innogy; Northland Power; Ørsted; and Shell.
The consortium hopes to reduce costs and drive the development of technology needed to scale up the offshore wind industry in the US while driving a national strategy for offshore wind innovation that addresses the diverse needs of all US offshore wind regions.
Vineyard Wind chief executive Lars Thaaning Pedersen said, “As the developer of the first large-scale offshore wind project in the US, Vineyard Wind recognises the enormous potential of offshore wind as both a major source of clean energy for coastal states as well as a powerful driver of economic development and job creation across the country. Effective research and development guided by industry stakeholders is key to unlocking that potential.”
Last year, the consortium released the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium Roadmap outlining the priorities for developing the offshore wind industry in the US. The roadmap focuses on advancing wind energy technology, offshore wind power resource and characterisation and operational and supply chain technology. It will offer a series of competitive solicitations over the next four years based on the research and development priorities identified in the roadmap. The consortium will release the first request for proposals in February 2019 with awards expected in March.