Louisiana, March 13, 2023 – Gulf Wind Technology (GWT) announced today its next steps in bringing its globally-recognized expertise in wind turbine rotor technology to address challenging wind conditions in the Gulf of Mexico in advance of offshore wind energy development in the region. GWT has strategically partnered with Shell New Energies US LLC (Shell), through a $10 million investment by the energy company, in the creation of the Shell Gulf Wind Technology Accelerator program. The collaboration includes deployment of novel technologies to a demonstrator turbine as early as 2024, designed to develop, test and implement the first suite of optimized technical solutions for a Gulf of Mexico-specific wind turbine. The Shell Gulf Wind Technology Accelerator will be a key enabler for wind in the region, combining research and development of new technologies with the Gulf’s first technology-focused education and training facility for workforce development aimed at accelerating the Gulf of Mexico offshore wind learning curve.
“Wind resources in the Gulf region are more variable than what you find on the east coast where most of US offshore wind development activity is currently happening,” says James Martin, GWT CEO. “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. It also builds upon our support of other regional educational institutions, including Louisiana State University (LSU). In June 2022, Shell invested $27.5 million to establish the LSU Institute for Energy Innovation and enable construction of the LSU Our Lady of the Lake Interdisciplinary Science Building.”
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Greater New Orleans (GNO), Inc. President and CEO Michael Hecht noted the expected impact of this investment to the state of Louisiana.
“As the global economy transitions to clean energy, Louisiana is ready to lead the way, creating jobs and diversifying our economy in the process,” says Gov. Edwards. “I applaud Shell and Gulf Wind Technology for recognizing the pivotal role Louisiana will play in the new energy economy, including in the offshore wind industry. With a skilled offshore workforce and our climate action plan in place, there is no better place to invest in offshore wind than Louisiana.”
“The Shell Gulf Wind Technology Accelerator program represents a milestone in the development of Louisiana as a hub for offshore wind,” adds Michael Hecht, President & CEO of GNO, Inc. “Combining the scale of Shell with the expertise of Gulf Wind Technology, the Accelerator will help Greater New Orleans develop the assets and workforce to power the energy future of the Gulf South, and the country.”
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About Gulf Wind Technology: Gulf Wind Technology is the leading wind turbine rotor technology specialist in the United States. With headquarters in New Orleans, at the historical Avondale Shipyard, the company is within easy reach to service America’s onshore operational wind turbine fleet. Based on the Mississippi river and with railway access, it is strategically located as a hub to develop offshore wind in the Gulf of Mexico. The key team at Gulf Wind Technology are industry veterans with multidisciplinary technical and operational experience and are world-class in their respective specialist areas of wind turbine blade technology. For more information visit: https://gulfwindtechnology.com.
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James Martin, GWT CEO