The report summarizes the results of a two-day workshop that exchanged "lessons learned" in support of US offshore renewable energy development. Key areas of conversation included electrical infrastructure and sub‐sea transmission, platform and foundation designs, project management and planning, installation, construction, and safety.
The report summarizes the more than $140 million in funding awards for 64 offshore wind projects that the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Wind and Water Program has made between fiscal years 2006-2012. These awards fall under two activity areas: Technology Development and Market Acceleration and Deployment.
This Section 238 research lease application (Lease No. 2) proposes six Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sub-blocks to be leased for the siting of six demonstration turbines for testing advanced offshore wind technologies and hosting one metocean platform. The metocean platform would be a prototype for two similar platforms to be sited on the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy's (DMME) Section 238 Research Lease No. 1.
This Section 238 research lease application proposes four Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sub-blocks to be leased for the siting of two met ocean and environmental monitoring platforms for pre-and post-construction monitoring of wind velocities, water levels, waves, and bird & bat activities within and around Virginia's offshore wind energy area (WEA).
Overview of Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium (VCERC)-identified needs for advanced technology demonstration (measurement of radar effects and test mitigation technologies; demonstration of novel foundation and installation methods; measurement of turbine-structure-soils response to metaocean loading).
The report describes the types of metocean data needed to inform and accelerate offshore wind project development, including recent results from Denmark that suggest how calibrated and traceable ground-based vertical-profiling LIght Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) can reduce uncertainty in estimating annual energy production. It recommends a phased development approach to outfit the Chesapeake Light Tower (CLT) with appropriate instrumentation to begin characterizing Virginia's offshore wind resource at a fraction of the cost of a new met tower in the initial phases of work.
The report evaluated the performance and impacts of state-funded R&D programs. It identified key issues and desired outcomes, and offered recommendations for accelerating development of a more competitive innovation economy in Maine.