Garden State Offshore Energy (GSOE) plans to install mobile wind resource-assessment equipment at its proposed offshore wind farm site 20 miles off the New Jersey coast.
SeaZephIR is a patented floating platform with an integrated ZephIR light detection and ranging system powered by wind and solar energy. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities recently approved the move, a key step in evaluating the GSOE site.
SeaZephIR will be installed to assess wind resources and monitor water conditions and will be supplemented with additional resources to survey avian and marine life. The information gathered will be used to evaluate any potential environmental impacts and as a guide to aid in the design and engineering of GSOE's project.
The 100-foot long buoy was constructed in Norway by renewable energy consultancy Natural Power and arrived in the U.S. last week. Significant components to the system and logistical deployment will be sourced from New Jersey companies, and GSOE will have the primary monitoring devices validated at Block Island, R.I. The company expects to have the buoy in place off the coast of New Jersey by the end of the year, pending receipt of required permits from various federal agencies.
The winner of New Jersey's 2008 solicitation for a preferred offshore developer, GSOE is a joint venture between PSEG and Deepwater Wind. GSOE also announced that it has opened a development office at 36-42 Newark St., Hoboken, N.J.
SOURCE: Garden State Offshore Energy