About two-thirds of the nation’s offshore wind resource potential can be found in water depths over 60 meters—areas where floating offshore wind turbines are more practical and cost effective than fixed-bottom turbines. The FLoating Offshore Wind ReadINess (FLOWIN) Prize aims to help unlock this potential.
The first-ever prize from DOE’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, the FLOWIN Prize will help pave the way for the cost-effective domestic manufacture and deployment of commercial utility-scale floating offshore wind energy turbines in U.S. waters. This three-phase competition invites designers, fabricators, and project site developers to tackle some of offshore wind energy’s biggest challenges related to supply chains and large-scale execution.
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FLOWIN Prize Goals
- Advance designs of floating offshore wind turbine platforms for manufacturing
- Improve supply chain readiness to enable mass production and assembly in the United States
- Lower associated costs and risks
- Further the principles of inclusion and environmental justice embodied in the Biden administration’s Justice40 Initiative.
Winners from each phase will earn awards from a total cash pool of $5.75 million, plus at least $1.1 million in technical support vouchers from DOE national laboratories.
Only the winning teams of each phase will be eligible to compete in the next phase.
- Phase 1: Qualification and Teaming
- The winning submissions will be those teams that have:
- Determined critical hurdles to the commercialization of their floating platform technology
- Demonstrated they can make significant progress toward identifying and developing a supply chain within the United States to produce the technology.
- Up to eight winning teams will receive $100,000 each and $75,000 each in vouchers for technical support provided by DOE national laboratories.
- Phase 2: U.S. Manufacturing Approaches
- Only Phase One winners are eligible to compete in this phase.
- This phase will have up to five winners, each receiving a cash prize of $450,000 and a technical services voucher valued at $100,000.
- Teams will be judged on their progress in developing a plan for mass production and assembly of floating offshore wind energy platforms.
- Phase 3: Detailed Implementation Pathways
- Only Phase Two winners are eligible to compete in this phase.
- It is anticipated there will be up to three winners in Phase Three, each receiving a cash prize of $900,000
- Winners of this phase will complete location-specific implementation pathways for the U.S. manufacture and deployment of their floating offshore wind energy technologies.
- Phase 1: Submission Opens: September 12, 2022
- Phase 1: Submission Closes: January 13, 2023 5 p.m. ET
- Phase 1: Winners Announced & Rewards: March 2023 (anticipated)
- Phase 2: Submission Opens: March 2023 (anticipated)
- Phase 2: Submission Closes: November 2023 (anticipated)
- Phase 2: Winners Announced & Rewards: January 2024 (anticipated)
- Phase 3: Submission Opens: January 2024 (anticipated)
- Phase 3: Submission Closes: October 2024 (anticipated)
- Phase 3: Winners Announced & Rewards: December 2024 (anticipated)
All dates are subject to change including contest openings, deadlines, and announcements. Sign up for updates on our HeroX challenge page.
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