Texas A&M wins millions
The Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) is awarding $2.2m to the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Wind Energy Centre for a collaborative project.
By Ritesh Gupta
The project brings together researchers from universities across the state to develop and increase the capacity of offshore wind energy technology, and help bring it to market.
The TETF award will support the development of new offshore wind farms, turbine and platform technologies in conjunction with the US Department of Energy (DOE) Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration Project. The state’s award will be matched with a $50m award from the US Department of Energy, an initial $13.3m investment from industry members of the GoWind consortium and a $1m total investment from the participating Texas universities.
Subject to the outcome of environmental and feasibility assessments, a future phase of the project would see a 3-turbine, 18 megawatt installment at the GoWind offshore wind farm in the Gulf of Mexico.