AREVA Joins Offshore Wind Development Coalition as Key Player Shaping North American Industry
February 17, 2011
February 17, 2011
Experienced manufacturer builds on domestic supply chain commitment
AREVA and the Offshore Wind Development Coalition (OffshoreWindDC) announced today that AREVA, as a leading offshore wind turbine manufacturer, has joined the Coalition. Through this membership, AREVA reinforces its commitment to the North American offshore wind power market and its efforts to drive the industry to full-scale development.
“We are pleased to join the Coalition and collaboratively develop solutions to the unique challenges facing offshore wind development,” said Steven Cuevas, Director of Offshore Wind Business Development, AREVA North America.
Building from its offshore wind project experience and more than 800-megawatt manufacturing pipeline in Europe, AREVA is positioned to be a major domestic supplier to the emerging North American market. The company plans on establishing a major U.S. industrial footprint to domestically source the 3,500 components in its advanced technology, 5-megawatt offshore wind turbines.
“We are thrilled to have a company with the prestige of AREVA join the Coalition,” said Jim Lanard, OffshoreWindDC President. “It is important to have the voice of suppliers at the table when we address the significant policy issues, as suppliers like AREVA are the ‘job creators.’ The partnership between developer and supplier is a key to building a successful industry.”
As a leading supplier of clean energy solutions, AREVA’s renewable energy portfolio includes offshore wind power, concentrated solar power, bioenergy, and energy storage and distribution solutions. AREVA’s 5-megawatt offshore wind turbine with hybrid drive and patented air-filtering system is specifically designed for reliable performance in harsh sea conditions, and was recently selected for the bank-financed, 400-megawatt Borkum West II project in Germany’s North Sea.
OffshoreWindDC was founded in 2010 by seven offshore wind developers, along with its affiliate, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). OffshoreWindDC anticipates that its membership base will include turbine manufacturers, cable suppliers, vessel operators, marine installation companies, resource assessment and geotechnical and geophysical firms, environmental and permitting consultants, and law firms.