On October 16, the Business Network hosted visiting international members of IEA’s Wind Task. These individuals are part of 16 wide-ranging research topics applicable to offshore wind, each being studied by a consortium of academic and research-based institutions.
The Network provided a briefing on the evolving U.S. offshore wind market and gave an update on the Network’s work in convening the industry to establish technical standards. Approximately a third of the IEA members were visiting the United States for the first time, and the Network extended its warm collaborative hospitality by hosting a small reception at the Library of Congress’s James Madison Memorial Building. Representatives from NREL and the U.S. Department of Energy also participated.
In his welcoming remarks, the Network’s Executive Vice President Ross Tyler observed that former President James Madison, dubbed the ‘Father of the Constitution,’ commented that the document was not “not the off-spring of a single brain,” but “the work of many heads and many hands.” Ross proposed these words reflected the collaborative approach of IEA Wind Task members to advance offshore wind, adding that it was only fitting to have the reception in the Library’s James Madison Room. Noting that offshore wind is now a global industry, Ross thanked the guests for their research into new technology and innovations that will benefit the industry both in the U.S. and abroad. Ross closed by inviting the IEA members to attend and make use of the Network’s 2019 IPF to share details of their advancements with others in the industry.
Learn more about IEA Wind Task here: https://community.ieawind.org/home