On 19 December 2017, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) will allocate $18.5 million in funding to develop an offshore wind research and development consortium. The deadline for application has not been announced yet.
Described in the DOE press release as a "cooperative private-public innovation hub," the consortium will address a variety of offshore wind-related topics, including wind plant technology advancement, resource and physical site characterization, installation, operations and maintenance, and supply chain technology solutions.
Per the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the DOE is seeking "an administrator to establish and lead a voluntary consortium of members committed to shared public/private investment in collaborative R&D focused on realizing technology improvements for the offshore wind industry in the US."
“As the former Governor of one of the largest wind producing states, I know the value of wind power in our energy portfolio,” said Secretary Perry. “This work will further DOE’s goal to accelerate the development of offshore wind technologies by supporting fundamental research to reduce the costs of offshore wind energy to successfully compete in regional energy markets.”
Review the notice for more information.