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Offshore Wind Research

Photo of a European offshore wind farm.

Early progress in European Offshore Wind Energy over the last decade provides a glimpse into the vast potential of the global offshore resource.

For more than eight years, NREL has worked with the Department of Energy to become an international leader in offshore wind energy research.


NREL's offshore wind capabilities focus on critical areas that reflect the long-term needs of the offshore wind energy industry and the U.S. Department of Energy including:

Key Research

NREL documented the status of offshore wind energy in the United States in its recent publication, Large-Scale Offshore Wind in the United States: Assessment of Opportunities and Barriers. The report provides DOE and the U.S. wind industry with a foundation from which to build a national strategy for offshore wind energy development and to set goals that would lead to offshore wind energy becoming a significant contributor to our electric power portfolio.

Recent Offshore Wind Publications

Read more about NREL's offshore wind research: