US Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Presents First Roadmap

The U.S. National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium has launched its first roadmap aimed at accelerating the development of the offshore wind industry in the United States.


Established in response to industry-led feedback, the Research and Development Roadmap establishes a long-term vision for offshore wind development in the U.S. and identifies key priorities for establishing the industry as a national leading clean energy sector.

“We were excited to convene the first official meeting of the Consortium Board of Directors on October 18, 2018, at which time we ratified our first R&D Roadmap,” said Robert B. Catell, Consortium Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC).

“This was a critical milestone in the development and implementation of the Consortium, allowing us now to clearly focus on our key priorities for advancing the offshore wind industry in the US.”

In June, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) secured a USD 18.5 million grant with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a term of four years to lead the consortium.

Headquartered at AERTC, the consortium is a cooperative innovation hub that brings together industry, academia, government and other stakeholders to advance offshore wind, develop innovative methods for wind resource and site characterization, and develop advanced technology solutions for installation, operation, maintenance, and supply chain.

The overall goal of the consortium created by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S.