On August 4, the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium issued its second Request for Proposals (RFP) for additional industry-prioritized offshore wind (OSW) R&D topics. The solicitation has three rounds:
- Round 1: Enabling Large-Scale Wind Turbines (applications due September 21)
- Round 2: Support Structure Innovation; Supply Chain Development (applications due October 5)
- Round 3: Electrical Systems and Innovation; Mitigation of Use Conflicts (applications due October 19).
For more information, including the challenge areas within these rounds, see the solicitation.
The Consortium was initially established in 2018 by DOE and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to fund high-impact research projects that lower the costs of U.S. offshore wind and support supply chain development. State agencies in Maryland, Virginia, and Massachusetts have since contributed funding to the Consortium, resulting in a total investment of around $46 million. The Consortium’s first RFP resulted in 20 awards totaling $17.3 million.