The University of Delaware (UD) and Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica have signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate the installation of a 2 MW Gamesa wind turbine at UD's Hugh R. Sharp Campus. A final agreement is expected in September.
‘This agreement is a significant step forward in Delaware's efforts to seize the economic development opportunities presented by our nation's commitment to energy independence and the concern over climate change,’ says Gov. Jack Markell, D-Del.
In addition to providing power, the project is expected to enhance university research in areas such as wind turbine corrosion, avian impacts and policy issues related to renewable energy.
UD College of Earth, Ocean and Environment professors Jeremy Firestone and Willett Kempton have studied the amount of power supplied by Delaware's offshore winds, as well as public reaction to and policies for wind-energy use.
SOURCES: University of Delaware, Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica