A first focus of the endeavor will be off-shore windparks where high power potentials are projected. To exploit deep-waters significant technology developments are necessary to ensure economic viability.
Currently, the UK Energy Technologies Institute is in the process of commissioning a GBP25 million offshore wind floating system demonstrator. By 2016 wind turbines are expected to reach capacities of up to 7 megawatts!
The US Department of Energy have recently announced a USD180 million funding opportunity for up to four Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects in U.S. waters – this might very well include a floating wind demonstration project.
REEEP is also in London this week and will be at the Clean Energy Ministerial.