In a move that will “catalyze domestic manufacturing growth,” the Lake Erie Development Corp. (LEEDCo) announced that it is “leading an international engineering team to design an offshore wind turbine foundation optimized for fabrication in the U.S.,” nawindpower.comreports. The company says the design will eliminate barriers to entry for U.S.-based steel fabricators who want to supply offshore wind turbine foundations. The system’s conceptual design was developed by LEEDCo last year through a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) competition, and the DOE awarded $2.8 million “to complete the detailed engineering,” according to the article. Lorry Wagner, president of LEEDCo, said, “This will be the first monopole foundation designed from the ground up to be built by American companies and installed in American waters.” LEEDCo’s 18 MW Project Icebreaker, “a six-turbine offshore wind demonstration project” off the shore of Lake Erie (for more on this, see our June 30, 2014 blog post), will be the first project to use the new design. For more, read the full article.