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The Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI) has awarded $2.7 million to fund six wind energy research projects that will help improve the overall efficiency, operation, and safety of offshore wind energy systems in the USA.
The wind energy research projects selected for funding will focus on the safe installation, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind energy systems and improving the overall safety of offshore workers. Specifically, the research will help advance technologies that reduce the risk of injuries during personnel transfers as well as from exposure to other physical hazards. The research will also enhance understanding of site conditions and improve the modelling of dynamic loading on turbines. Organised under an agreement between BSEE, DOE, and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), OESI is a programme for research and development that brings together industry, national labs, nongovernmental organisations, and academia to support the development of safety, environmental monitoring, and operational improvements related to oil and gas, offshore wind, and marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies.