The increasing worldwide demand for energy generated from renewable resources is an opportunity for France and the U.S. to advance offshore wind energy technology to harvest the rich offshore wind resources from their extensive coastlines. Among existing technologies, innovations in floating wind technology are especially promising because of their high power capacities, extensive harvesting potential in a large range of water depths, and low disruption to other offshore activities.

This French-American Innovation Day (FAID), organized by the Office for Science & Technology of the Embassy of France in Boston, the Northeastern University and the University of Nantes aims to be the first of a series of international workshop on floating offshore wind energy technology (I-FOWT). It has been designed to share information on the innovation potential of floating technology and to discuss and identify the key issues that can lead to lower costs of energy and increased public acceptance.