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Request for Information - Offshore Wind Energy Technology and Testing

image credit: Vestas V90-3MW wind turbine of the Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm, Thames Estuary. www.kentishflats.co.uk
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Project Manager Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Gorton is a project manager and marine scientist within the Energy and Environment directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). She holds a Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering from...

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is requesting information from offshore wind stakeholders on the uses and capabilities for an instrumentation test buoy that may be procured by the Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO). WETO is considering procuring an instrumentation test buoy to support the offshore industry in the U.S. In addition to metocean physical measurements, there is significant interest in developing buoy-mounted environmental sensors to increase our understanding of potential environmental effects of offshore wind.

This RFI will be open for feedback beginning on June 25, 2020. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically  to buoyloanprogram@pnnl.gov no later than 5:00pm (PST) on Friday, July 31, 2020. More information on the RFI can be found here: https://beta.sam.gov/opp/7e8fca3aa1a942ea87bc9531599d1562/view

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Matt Chester on Jun 29, 2020

In addition to metocean physical measurements, there is significant interest in developing buoy-mounted environmental sensors to increase our understanding of potential environmental effects of offshore wind

This sounds really interesting-- would it be not only environmental factors like temperatures, movements, etc., but also extrapolated to potential wildlife impacts?

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Alicia Gorton on Jun 29, 2020

Great question, Matt!

Yes! In addition to technologies that measure meteorological (e.g., wind speed and direction, solar radiation, air temperature, etc.) and oceanographic (e.g., ocean waves and currents, water temperature) parameters, we welcome and encourage feedback on capabilities and uses related to environmental monitoring to further understand the potential environmental effects of offshore wind to the marine environment, including marine animals, habitats and ecosystems, and oceanographic systems (e.g., water quality, sediment transport, changes in flow). 

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