Orsted has chosen Providence, Rhode Island as the location for its American innovation hub, which will open doors for companies at the start of the spring of 2020.
The center will be located in the CIC Providence facility.
The hub will leverage the expertise and know-how of Orsted from the European and American European offshore wind teams of the developer, rotating in team members from the global headquarters in Denmark and the regional headquarters in North America.
The team will identify, promote and where necessary finance "offshore wind companies" with a focus on "next-generation" technology and related innovation in offshore wind energy.
The innovation hub team will become Orsted's first point of contact for American technology companies interested in contracts with Orsted Offshore.
The hub organizes open days on a bi-monthly basis, welcoming & # 39; established companies and startups to present their technologies and test solutions & # 39 ;.
The team will also organize quarterly pitch days where a pre-qualified set of startups will pitch their possible solutions to Orsted.
Thomas Brostrom, CEO of Offshore Wind, said: “Innovation has been the key to the success of the offshore wind industry in Europe, so it was an obvious step to use time and resources to drive new technology growth in the US .
“It was an obvious operation for us to find this operation in Providence. The state has shown time and again that it is home to one of the best innovation economies in the country and we look forward to being part of that community. "
Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island: "I am very pleased that Orsted has decided to open its innovation center in the United States here in Providence and further strengthen our status as offshore wind capital in America.
“We are making record investments in education and training, and the results speak for themselves. As we continue to work to ensure that Rhode Islanders are prepared for highly qualified jobs in the modern economy, I am confident that more and more companies such as Orsted – leaders in the 21st century industry – will continue to look at Rhode Island. "
Other offshore wind companies that are already based at Providence CIC are GEV Wind and Boston Energy.
Patrik Edvardsen, CEO of Offshore Offshore, said: “We believe that a lot of value can be achieved by working with the fast-growing blue technological ecosystem.
“Since small agile players can offer Orsted significant benefits and new solutions, Orsted can also offer a fantastic platform for maturing and growing to companies with unique and relevant solutions. We look forward to increasing our collaboration with the innovation ecosystem. "
In the meantime, on January 17, Raimondo signs an implementation decision aimed at making Rhode Island the first in the nation to be fully powered by renewable energy by 2030.
Rhode Island is the country's leader in offshore wind, Raimondo said in its State of the State address on January 14 and said it will play a key role in the state to reach its 2030 target.
The first American offshore wind farm, the 30 MW Block Island owned by Orsted, started operating outside the state at the end of 2016.