The Massachusetts Research Partnership for Offshore Wind Workshop: "Development of a National Offshore Wind Research Agenda" was held at UMass Amherst on December 15th and 16th on the 10th floor of the Campus Center. The overall objective of the workshop was to begin the process of producing a report on a National Offshore Wind Research Agenda. The specific goals were:
- Convene MRP partners, as well as other academic institutions, industry, agency and national lab representatives to contribute to the discussion.
- Using a draft of the report outline created before the workshop, engage in discussion on: i) the report vision and scope, ii) research themes, and iii) integration of the research themes to achieve the overall vision. Obtain feedback and input from outside attendees on these topics.
The Massachusetts Research Partnership (MRP) in Offshore Wind, funded with $300,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Renewable Energy Trust, includes six Massachusetts academic and research institutions – UMass Amherst, Northeastern University, Tufts University, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The funding was announced by the Baker-Polito administration as part of $700,000 for nine academic and research institutions across Massachusetts to advance studies relating to offshore wind development.
The MRP was established to prepare a national research agenda that will align the efforts of federal, state, and other entities that share a vision for a prosperous and green renewable energy future through offshore wind. This research agenda will layout a clear and adaptive framework, provide a statement of research needs, and suggest how stakholders can collectively work together to further develop and support an effective national research program.
In order for our nation to develop its vast offshore wind resource in a manner that respects the ocean environment and its many stakeholders, it is critical that we develop a coordinated, long-term strategic vision for advancing American innovation in this new industry. A data driven multi-disciplinary system level framework for offshore wind research is needed to galvanize academia, industry, stakeholders, and policy makers in order to create a resilient, low-risk, productive, and world-leading offshore wind infrastructure and portfolio of wind farms.