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October 12, 2018
Map showing the total value, in 2016 dollars per MWh, along the United States eastern coastline.
Offshore Wind Market Value Varies Significantly Along U.S. East Coast
A study from LBNL finds that the market value of offshore wind generally exceeds that of land-based wind in the region.
October 12, 2018
Illustration showing the differences between HAWT and VAWT turbines.
Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines Could Reduce Offshore Wind Energy Costs
A new study by Sandia National Laboratories looks at the feasibility for deep-water offshore installations of a less-common wind turbine design.
October 12, 2018
Photo of a buoy in the ocean with a city skyline in the background.
Oh Buoy! PNNL Researchers Dive into Data Delivered from New Jersey Coast
WETO commissioned Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to deploy two research buoys off the New Jersey and Virginia coasts.
October 12, 2018
Photo of a table set up on a beach with two cameras on it.
Stereo Vision Improves "Fly-By" Data for Offshore Wind Power
Researchers from PNNL have come up with a novel way to integrate that stereo vision feature into software.
October 12, 2018
Photo of a wind turbine at sea.
IEA Research Study Extended To Improve Accuracy of Offshore Wind Systems Design Tools
NREL researchers received a four-year extension of IEA research that will advance the overall accuracy of offshore wind computer modeling tools.
August 7, 2018
Block Island wind turbines
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Offshore Wind Energy
Learn more about efforts to develop America's vast offshore wind resources.
June 15, 2018
block island offshore wind
Department of Energy Announces $18.5 Million for Offshore Wind Research
NYSERDA selected to partner with DOE as administrator of offshore wind R&D consortium.
April 19, 2018
Screenshot from the USWTDB.
U.S. Department of Energy and Geological Survey Release Online Public Dataset and Viewer of U.S. Wind Turbine Locations and Characteristics
The USGS and DOE released the United States Wind Turbine Database and Viewer to access this new public dataset.
January 23, 2018
Wind Turbines in Extreme Weather: Solutions for Hurricane Resiliency
Wind Turbines in Extreme Weather: Solutions for Hurricane Resiliency
Offshore wind turbines on the Atlantic coast (as well as the Gulf Mexico) have several challenges to contend with—including hurricanes.
December 19, 2017
While the first blog in this series focused on the floating foundations needed for U.S. offshore wind development in deep waters, this blog examines innovations in fixed-bottom foundations.
U.S. Conditions Drive Innovation in Offshore Wind Foundations
This blog is part of a series that explores offshore wind technical challenges that are different in the U.S. than in other countries.
December 11, 2017
Offshore wind floating substructure designs: spar buoy (left), semisubmersible (middle), and tension-leg platform (right).
Floating Wind Power is Becoming a Reality
This blog is part of a series that explores offshore wind technical challenges that are different in the United States than in other countries.
October 18, 2017
Offshore wind turbines in heavy seas.
Wind Energy Continues Rapid Growth
The United States wind industry added more than 8,200 MW of capacity and supported more than 101,000 jobs in 2016.
October 18, 2017
A semisubmersible offshore wind turbine in a research tank.
NREL Paves the Way for Floating Offshore Wind Semisubmersible Model Validation
NREL researchers have been leading an international effort to validate offshore wind models.
October 17, 2017
An eagle flies near turbines at the National Wind Technology Center
ThermalTracker: The Secret Lives of Bats and Birds Revealed
When planning offshore wind projects, collecting data on the abundance of birds and bats informs project siting.
October 17, 2017
Offshore wind foundations await loadout.
A Renewable Future for the Oil and Gas Industry
As oil and gas companies look to unconventional energy markets, right now is an ideal time for oil and gas companies to engage in with offshore wind.
October 17, 2017
A comparison of spar-buoy, semisubmersible, and tension leg turbine platforms
Offshore Floating Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine Project Identifies Promising Platform Design
A new floating, vertical-axis wind turbine platform design may enable offshore wind developers to access the vast U.S. offshore wind resources.
October 16, 2017
Offshore wind turbines in heavy seas.
New Offshore Wind Study Assesses Economic Potential Through 2030
The Northeast United States holds great economic promise for offshore wind development.
October 16, 2017
Three men aboard a boat with offshore wind turbines in the background
Celebrating a Year of Progress for Offshore Wind
A letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office's Deputy Director
August 9, 2017
Offshore wind turbine BARD 5.0 installed on a transitional substructure from BARD Engineering GmbH at the offshore wind farm BARD OFFSHORE 1 in the German Bight.
4 Emerging Trends in U.S. Offshore Wind Technologies
More than 20 U.S. offshore wind projects are underway as four significant trends emerge in this growing energy market.
May 17, 2017
Articles about Offshore Wind Research and Development
Demonstration Projects Improve Commercial-Scale Offshore Wind Manufacturing

The University of Maine’s floating VolturnUS wind turbine prototype is anchored off the coast of Castine, Maine. Image courtesy of the University...

December 22, 2016
Articles about Offshore Wind Research and Development
Buoy Loan Program Offers Opportunities for Continued Offshore Wind Resource Characterization

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) currently owns two AXYS WindSentinel buoys that collect a comprehensive set of meteorological and oceanographic...

October 24, 2016
Experiment Investigates Steering of Wind Farm Wakes for Improved Performance

To improve future wind plant performance and ultimately lower the cost of energy produced by wind, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and...

October 24, 2016
Meteorological Ocean Data Available for Offshore Wind Energy Research and Design

Developed for use in offshore wind energy research and design, a database of meteorological ocean (m...

October 24, 2016
Sandia National Laboratories Work to Reduce Cost of Deep-Water Offshore Wind

Many U.S. coastal regions have both large population centers and strong offshore wind resources, making offshore wind energy an attractive solution...

October 24, 2016
Bats Offshore? Energy Department Research Study Shows Where and When

A long-term acoustic survey of bat activity at remote islands, offshore structures, and coastal site...