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MA - 10-MW+ Floater to Be Demonstrated on Mayflower Lease Area

A 10-MW+ floating wind turbine to be installed off the east coast of the US is among several projects funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) as part of a technology demonstration initiative

The 10-MW+ turbine, the design of which is being developed by Atkins in Houston, Texas, will be installed on one of Mayflower Wind’s lease areas in the Atlantic.

Mayflower Wind is a joint venture between Shell and Ocean Winds, the JV between EDP Renewables and Engie.

The DOE has announced US$21M in funding for three projects of which the floating wind turbine is one. The aim is to support offshore wind energy technology demonstration and resource characterisation. The projects will also support offshore wind development by demonstrating innovative technology not previously commercially used in the US and by improving the ability to forecast energy production.

Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel R Simmons said, “Demonstrating innovative technology not yet deployed at commercial scale will lower the cost of energy and lend confidence to future investment decisions.

“Improving the ability to accurately forecast wind power with enhanced weather models and demonstrating innovative energy production technologies can help reduce the cost of offshore wind.”

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