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DOE, Sandia, and NREL to create industry-informed roadmap for offshore wind operations and maintenance technologies

February 27, 2023 9:05 am Published by

New tool will encourage offshore wind energy development and boost industry confidence

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are working to produce an industry-informed roadmap for the development of new operations and maintenance technologies and processes to enhance the cost-effectiveness, efficiency, and performance reliability of operations and maintenance tasks at offshore wind energy sites. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Biden-Harris Administration’s Floating Offshore Wind Shot Summit. It reflects the administration’s goals of reducing the cost of floating offshore wind energy by more than 70% by 2035 and deploying 15 gigawatts of floating offshore wind by 2035 to help meet U.S. climate goals.

The roadmap will identify current knowledge gaps in the offshore wind industry and emerging technical solutions that are set for government investment. The finished tool will help encourage sustained offshore wind energy deployment by increasing industry confidence in the ability to effectively operate and maintain an offshore wind energy fleet in challenging environments. The research team will seek feedback from relevant industry stakeholders throughout the spring of 2023.

Learn more about Sandia’s Wind Energy program.

Read DOE’s complete U.S. Floating Offshore Wind Deployment release.

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