The Consortium is a nationally focused, not-for-profit organization collaborating with industry on prioritized R&D activities to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of offshore wind in the U.S. while maximizing other economic and social benefits.
- Produce innovations that directly respond to the technical and supply chain barriers faced by offshore wind project developers in the U.S.
- Build strong networks connecting technology innovators, investors, and industry
- Increase U.S. content and job opportunities
The Consortium was initially funded with $41 million — $20.5 million from the Department of Energy (DOE) and a matching $20.5 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Additional contributions have been made by state members including Maryland, Virginia, and Massachusetts. Collectively, the existing funds have established the Consortium for a minimum of five years. The Consortium will continue to look for other appropriate funding and R&D opportunities to build upon its initial scope.
The Consortium’s R&D objectives are outlined in a roadmap — Roadmap 2.0. This roadmap provides guidance for solicitations. Our various committees, including the Research and Development Advisory Group (RDAG), Manufacturing Supply Chain Services Council (MSSC), and State Action Network (SAN) are in formative stages and are set to assist the Consortium in moving forward.
Focus Areas for Industry Research
Offshore Wind Plant Technology Advancement
Fixed Bottom Technologies
- Cost-reducing Turbine Support Structures for US Markets
- Enabling Large-scale Offshore Wind Turbines
- Array Performance and Control Optimization
Floating Offshore Wind Technology
- Mooring Systems Floating Foundations
- Shallow Water Mooring Systems
- Deepwater Mooring Systems
- Floating Substructure Scaling
- Control of Large Floating Arrays
Technology for Both Fixed and Floating Offshore Wind
- Hurricane Resilient Wind Systems
- Floating Fixed-Bottom Arrays in the Great Lakes
- Power System Design and Innovation
- Energy Storage Innovations and Integration
Consortium Program Team
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) – the federal agency charged with ensuring the security and prosperity of the U.S. by addressing energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) – a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions with extensive experience commercializing new technologies and spurring private investment.
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) – enhances the development and conservation of energy and mineral resources in a safe and environmentally sound manner to support a more productive economy.
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) – a state economic development agency dedicated to accelerating the growth of clean energy to deliver environmental benefits and secure long-term economic growth.
Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) – a state energy agency that strives to promote affordable, reliable, and cleaner energy for the benefit of all Marylanders.
Carrie Cullen Hitt
The Carbon Trust – a world leader in offshore wind R&D; founders and program managers of the Offshore Wind Accelerator, a self-sustaining European consortium to commercialize research investment.
Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) – a leading global renewable energy consultancy with decades of experience in the offshore wind industry in Europe, Asia, and America.
In addition to the entities listed above, the Consortium has partnered with Innovate UK to leverage funding awards and enhance the U.S. supply chain.
- Innovate UK will invest up to £1.5 million in U.K. companies partnering with U.S. consortia to work on projects as part of the $41 million U.S National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium program
- The scope for the U.K. competition mirrors that of the U.S. Consortium and seeks to develop U.K.-U.S. collaborative R&D
For more information on this initiative, visit the Innovate UK website.