A supersize floating wind pilot is in the frame for installation at the Ocean Winds-Shell Mayflower Wind offshore wind joint venture project in the Atlantic Ocean after the US Department of Energy (DoE) announced new technology funding packages for the rapidly emerging sector.

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Engineering consultancy Atkins landed one of three grants totalling $21m to develop a full-scale design of a floating wind platform suited to a 10MW-plus turbine – based on a scale model testing methodology pioneered for oil & gas floating production units – for future grid connection in Mayflower's lease areas off the state of Massachusetts.