On July 6, the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium announced the topics for its planned second solicitation of industry-prioritized research and development of U.S. offshore wind. Last year’s solicitation resulted in 20 awards totaling $17.3 million. The upcoming solicitation, scheduled for release later this summer, features three rounds:
- Round 1: Enabling Large Scale Wind Turbines (applications due Sept. 21)
- Round 2: Support Structure Innovation; Supply Chain Development (applications due Oct. 5)
- Round 3: Electrical Systems and Innovation; Mitigation of Use Conflicts (applications due Oct. 19)
For more information, including the planned challenge areas within these rounds, see the Consortium’s YouTube video.
The Consortium was initially established in 2018 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to fund high-impact research projects to lower the costs of U.S. offshore wind and support supply chain development.