Joint venture partners Ørsted and Eversource – the developers of New York’s offshore wind farm Sunrise Wind – have launched a research partnership with Stony Brook University. The $ 5M commitment funded by the project will support research initiatives specific to the advancement of offshore wind through Stony Brook’s Center for Advanced Energy Research and Technology (AERTC) as part of the Sunrise Wind Project.
The AERTC, New York State’s energy center of excellence, is a true partnership of academic institutions, research institutions, energy suppliers and industrial companies. The mission of the Center is to promote innovative energy research, education and the deployment of technologies with an emphasis on efficiency, conservation, renewable energies and applications of nanotechnology for new energy sources.
The funds will support several research projects to improve and advance offshore wind energy development and grid integration. The AERTC will focus on interdisciplinary research activities related to:
- Engineering, construction and logistics for the production of wind power at sea;
- Technological innovations to reduce costs and improve the efficiency of offshore wind power;
- Wind resource assessment and energy production forecasting;
- Integrate intermittent renewable energy sources into utility networks; and
- Coordinate the development of offshore wind resources with other commercial offshore uses, particularly the fishing industry.
“We are very excited about the possibilities offered by this partnership with Ørsted and Eversource,” said Maurie McInnis, president of Stony Brook University. “Since the opening of the AERTC in 2010, Stony Brook has been effectively advancing renewable energy research and training students who will become the next generation of energy experts. Through this research partnership and collaboration, we are poised to have a real impact on the future production and efficiency of offshore wind energy. “
“The offshore wind industry and the prospect of a clean energy future are two of the most exciting developments happening in the United States right now,” said David Hardy, CEO of Ørsted US Offshore Wind. “Stony Brook University has long positioned itself as an academic and research epicenter of this green movement. The goal of this partnership is to harness the academic power of this world-class research institution and apply it to our projects.
“We are fortunate to partner with such a reputable research institution as Stony Brook University and its Center for Advanced Energy Research and Technology to conduct important research for our offshore wind projects,” said Mike Ausere , Vice-President of Development of Eversource’s Offshore Wind Activities. “AERTC researchers have shown great leadership in advancing new technological innovations in renewable energy and we look forward to working with them to bring offshore wind to New York State. . “
“We are delighted that the Stony Brook AERTC is recognized by Ørsted and Eversource as a leader in advancing New York State’s clean energy goals,” said Robert Catell, Chairman of the Advisory Board from AERTC at Stony Brook University. “As New York State’s energy center of excellence, it is the ideal place to conduct research aimed at advancing offshore wind technology and supporting economic development and workforce training. of work. Today’s engagement recognizes AERTC’s proven expertise in offshore wind research and development, demonstrated in particular by its leadership in helping to launch the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium.
“Stony Brook University is at the frontier of research that will dramatically reduce the cost of offshore wind power and help integrate electricity produced by offshore wind farms into our power grid,” said Richard Reeder, vice-president. chair of research at Stony Brook University. “Partnerships with industry leaders like Ørsted and Eversource are essential to translate our cutting-edge research into practical solutions that will increase our capacity for innovation and shape the workforce of the future, while helping the state New York to meet its aggressive clean energy goals. ”
“The research and development activities to be carried out by Ørsted / Eversource and the Center for Advanced Energy Technology and Research at Stony Brook University will help reduce the costs of offshore wind and provide additional information on integrating this renewable resource into the power grid, ”said Doreen Harris, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “These partnerships are absolutely essential to ensure that offshore wind is developed with a focus on the most innovative and efficient technologies available to scale it up quickly and support the growing demand for clean energy. in New York but across the country.
“Suffolk County is fully committed to undertaking the research and development necessary to transform an aging infrastructure into a clean energy economy that will serve as a national model,” said Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Director. “The synergy between Stony Brook University and Ørsted and Eversource is essential to moving our region forward and accelerating critical progression to provide us with a secure and reliable future.”
“Long Island is home to one of our nation’s best renewable energy research institutes, at Stony Brook University, and its work is essential to New York’s leadership in the green economy,” the senator said. State Todd Kaminsky, President of the New York State Senate. Environmental Conservation Committee. “This partnership between the University, Ørsted and Eversource is essential to propel us into a future powered by clean energy, while also bringing offshore wind and good jobs to our island.
“By delivering on previous promises to provide such funding, Ørsted Corporation is proving to be both a good corporate citizen and a reliable partner in the quest necessary to replace Long Island’s fossil fuel sources with clean and wind power. renewable, ”said New York State Assembly Member Steve Englebright. “Supporting Stony Brook’s research and education mission by committing to $ 5 million in grants for marine, atmospheric and environmental engineering sciences is a wise investment in a better future for us all.