This funding supports research to enhance mooring technologies and methods. WETO and Innovation Fund Denmark will each contribute approximately $2 million. Teams must comprise U.S. and Danish entities collaborating on awarded projects, with substantial input from both countries. U.S. applicants must involve minority-serving institutions and other U.S. participants.
Proposals are sought for five topic areas:
- Compatibility strategies for mooring, cabling, and coexistence: Develop methods to mitigate the impact of cables and mooring lines on ocean users and the environment, while enhancing positive outcomes.
- Mass-producible, high-reliability moorings: Enable mass production of mooring components to supply floating offshore wind arrays of at least 500 MW of installed capacity.
- Novel station-keeping systems and components: Research, develop, demonstrate, or commercialise technology to prevent failures, reduce costs, enhance performance, or increase capacity of floating offshore wind energy mooring systems.
- Monitoring and inspection technologies for moorings: Develop sensor systems, remote inspection methods, maintenance strategies, and data collection and processing approaches to better assess the health and reliability of subsea components for commercial-scale floating offshore wind energy arrays.
- Open Topic: Research and development supporting mooring systems for industry-scale deployment of floating offshore wind energy. This includes identifying best practices for holistic design and optimisation of floating wind energy systems, and co-optimising turbines, platforms, moorings, and control systems.