U.S. offshore developer Deepwater Wind has announced a collaborative study of Long Island's offshore wind resources with New York-based Stony Brook University (SBU) and renewable energy consultant AWS Truepower.
Already under way, the collaboration will provide SBU with tools and resources to help strengthen its research in the growing renewable energy industry and support the development of the Deepwater ONE project. Deepwater Wind proposed the 210 MW offshore wind farm, to be located approximately 30 miles east of Montauk, in response to a Long Island Power Authority request for proposals for renewable energy.
"Offshore wind energy can provide a much-needed source of new, renewable energy for the east end of Long Island while reducing fossil-fuel emissions, stabilizing energy costs and generating new jobs and investment," says Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. "We are proud to support research that will lead to a far better understanding of this important resource."
Deepwater Wind is providing both equipment and funding to support SBU's ongoing coastal wind research programs. Two LIDAR wind monitoring devices have already been deployed, one at the university's Southampton campus and one on Block Island. Data collected from the devices will be combined with data from another SBU field study, funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, to improve wind predictions over the ocean and generate better regional wind resource maps.
"This collaboration is truly unique in that it brings together the best science from a world-class research university with the resources of a leading offshore wind developer and the knowledge of one of the world's most respected wind consultants," says Brian Colle, a professor at SBU's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. "Combining our respective resources and knowledge should bring some very helpful and informed findings."