ABB Inc. and Duke Energy have been awarded $1.4 million from a nationwide series of grants to speed technical innovations, lower costs and shorten how long it takes to deploy offshore wind energy systems, the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday.

The department is giving a total of $43 million to 41 projects across 20 states, it said, though they are subject to congressional appropriations.

ABB Inc. will receive $900,000 to develop wind production profiles and integration analyses for sites where offshore wind farm are likely to be developed.

Duke Energy will be awarded $530,000 examine the effects of offshore wind development on the Duke Energy Carolinas system by determining the cost of transmission upgrades and assessing system impacts and changes in the generation dispatch needed for integration.

The agency said its goal is to “advance wind turbine design tools and hardware, improve information about U.S. offshore wind resources, and accelerate the deployment of offshore wind by reducing market barriers such as supply chain development, transmission and infrastructure.”

“The U.S. has an abundant offshore wind resource that remains untapped,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “Through these awards, the Department of Energy is developing the critical technology and knowledge base necessary to responsibly develop this resource, enhance our energy security, and create new clean energy jobs.”

Both awards will address the delivery of offshore wind power to the electric grid.

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