The global floating wind industry though on the brink of international industrialisation is still in its “early” stages, providing the US has a clear opportunity to move swiftly to the front of the sector pack, in the view of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) director Amanda Lefton.

Speaking to attendees at the Afloat conference at the University of Maine, Lefton, who took over the top job at BOEM earlier this year, said: “Floating wind technology is in its infancy,” contrasting the less than 100MW of deepwater projects now in operation to the almost 33GW of bottom-fixed offshore wind industry currently producing power.