The Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) is awarding $2.2m to the Texas A&M University Wind Energy Center for a collaborative project that brings together researchers from four universities in the state to develop and market offshore wind energy technology.
"Texas leads the nation in wind energy production, generating more
wind power than all but five nations. This investment will support an important
collaboration between our universities and the growth of our offshore wind
capabilities," says Governor Rick Perry.
The TETF award will support 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 by an initial $13.3m investment from
industry members of the GoWind consortium, which has proposed an 18MW
demonstration wind project off the coast of South Padre Island, and a $1m investment
from the participating universities.
GoWind developer Baryonyx was among seven pilot offshore wind project
developers that won early stage DOE grants for initial development of their
technologies. In mid-May, DOE will select two or three for $46.6m each in follow-on
funding that will allow the winners to demonstrate the technologies at
commercial scale in 2017.
The other universities are Texas Tech University; University of Texas at
Austin; Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi and University of Texas at
TETF is a $200m initiative created by the Texas Legislature in 2005 at the
governor's request, and reauthorized four times since then. Funds are used to
promote early stage companies and research.