Research & Education

American Wind Energy Association: Offshore Wind
The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that the potential for offshore wind power in the U.S. is four times greater than the country’s current total generating capacity from all sources.

NREL offshore wind research
For more than eight years, NREL has worked with the Department of Energy to become an international leader in offshore wind energy research. NREL offshore wind’s focus on critical areas that reflect the long-term needs of the offshore wind energy industry and the U.S. Department of Energy including:

RenewableUK: Offshore Wind
The UK has been the world leader in offshore wind since October 2008, with as much capacity already installed as the rest of the world combined. The total offshore generating capacity in UK waters provides around 8 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity annually, equivalent to the electricity consumption of around 2 million homes.

European Wind Energy Association: Offshore
Europe’s offshore wind potential is enormous and able to meet Europe’s demand seven times over, as estimated by the European Environment Agency’s (EEA). The European Commission anticipated, in its 2008 Communication on offshore wind energy (EC, 2008) that “offshore wind can and must make a substantial contribution to meeting the EU’s energy policy objectives through a very significant increase – in the order of 30-40 times by 2020 and 100 times by 2030 – in installed capacity compared to today.”

The Carbon Trust is a world-leading organisation helping businesses, governments and the public sector to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy through carbon reduction, energy-saving strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.

Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative
The purpose of the initiative is to organize the interests currently involved in the wind energy industry to identify common needs, pursue market opportunities on behalf of Maine industry, document the industry’s needs and assist the State in leveraging the considerable natural resources of the state to the benefit of the State. The initiative intends to participate in the leadership of the development of these resources to the benefit of the Maine economy.

US Offshore WindHub:
The Offshore WindHub was designed to facilitate efforts to build the US offshore wind industry by:

  • Providing a cross-disciplinary organization of available information state-by-state;
  • Developing a system for updating and cataloguing new information as it becomes available and alerting interested parties that updates have been posted; and
  • Designing an expandable search platform that will allow queries to be approached in a variety of ways over time and accommodate the addition of new types of information.

Offshore Wind Development Coalition
Offshore wind farms have been operating successfully in European waters since 1991. Planning for offshore wind farms is in advanced stages in the United States, including locations along the Atlantic seaboard, Great Lakes, and Gulf Coast of Texas. But why do we believe offshore wind is such a great option for our electric supply?

Oregon Wave Energy Trust
(OWET) is a nonprofit public-private partnership funded by the Oregon Innovation Council. Its mission is to support the responsible development of wave energy in Oregon. Wave energy is one key part of the comprehensive alternative energy solution for Oregon. And thanks to a combination of unique characteristics is the only source of energy where Oregon enjoys such a clear competitive advantage. As a result, Oregon’s wave energy industry provides myriad opportunities to deliver significant economic benefits to the state.

The New England Marine Renewable Energy Center
MREC is an organization comprised of academia, government agencies, industry, municipalities, public interest groups and concerned individuals. MREC’s focus is to foster the development of ocean based renewable energy (wave, tidal, current and ocean wind). MREC is developing a network of technology developers and energy users who will collectively define the needs of this nascent industry and work to bring together the required technology, capital, infrastructure, human resources to implement ocean renewable energy in the most sustainable manner for the region.

Primarily UK focused, yes2wind’s support campaign services successfully promote wind energy projects by bringing together developers and their supporters. They help ensure that well thought out wind farm proposals endure both the complexities of the planning process and the protests of objectors to become new and valuable additions to the development of a low carbon economy. 75% of yes2wind projects have secured the support of the Local Planning Authority.

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