GWT and Shell join forces on offshore wind technology

Gulf Wind Technology (GWT) has joined with Shell in the formation of the Shell Gulf Wind Technology Accelerator program, with the energy major investing $10 million.

In order to develop, test, and execute the first set of optimized technical solutions for a Gulf of Mexico-specific wind turbine, the cooperation calls for the deployment of novel technologies to a demonstrator turbine as early as 2024.

In order to accelerate the learning curve for offshore wind in the Gulf of Mexico, the Shell Gulf Wind Technology Accelerator will combine research and development of new technologies with the Gulf’s first technology-focused education and training facility for workforce development.

James Martin, GWT CEO says, “Seasonal hurricane conditions and moderate average wind speeds create a situation that requires a novel approach to the application of technology and the framework in which it is both developed and demonstrated. The program has been specifically created to address and fulfil this need and enable next steps for the region and for the industry.“

“Shell has been operating in the Gulf of Mexico for over six decades and has a long history of developing energy projects, including advancing and proving deep-water technologies,” says Amanda Dasch, Vice President Shell Offshore Power Americas. “We see opportunities to do the same for offshore wind in this region and are proud to support Louisiana’s 5GW offshore wind target by 2035. This $10 million investment to create the Shell Gulf Wind Technology Accelerator program allows us to advance offshore wind development in the Gulf, while providing local wind industry training opportunities.”

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