How to Develop the US Offshore Wind Supply Chain

| March 10, 2020

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In the longer term it is obvious that having significant manufacturing capacity in coastal US states makes more sense than making components elsewhere and sending them on long sea journeys to their installation site. However, in the short term the sector will require a great deal of imported machinery and skills. International free trade has been instrumental in creating a positive marketplace for offshore wind, by driving down costs and accelerating growth. Unfortunately, this has had contrary effects on local prosperity, where areas do not receive the benefits of investment. Public and political support for offshore wind developments can therefore be undermined.

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Our planet’s survival depends on a sustainable energy future. Existing technologies create progress towards this goal, but to accelerate the energy transition we must unlock additional sustainable energy sources. There's huge untapped potential from wind power at high altitudes. The Ampyx Power Airborne Wind Energy System (AWES) provides access to these higher and powerful winds using a compact tethered aircraft. Wind deployment now becomes economically feasible in more and new locations around the world, on- and offshore. By developing innovative, elegant, and material-reducing solutions, Ampyx Power will help meet tomorrow's energy needs.

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