The offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind announced on Wednesday it will join with Stony Brook University to launch a research initiative on the renewable energy source.
According to a release, Deepwater Wind hopes the partnership will support the development of the Deepwater ONE project, a proposed 210-megawatt offshore wind farm off the coast of Montauk.
Deepwater Wind will provide equipment and funding for Stony Brook’s coastal wind research programs. Two light detecting and ranging systems have already been deployed to the university’s Southampton Campus and to Block Island to collect data on wind, in order to improve their predictions and generate better local 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,” said Dr. Brian Colle, professor at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.
“Combining our respective resources and knowledge should bring some very helpful and informed findings,” he said.
“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,” Jeff Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind, said. “We are proud to support research that will lead to a far better understanding of this important resource,” he said.
“We need to have a more thorough understanding of the important role wind can play in power generation, and this collaboration is the first step in achieving that goal,” said Robert Catell, chairman of the board of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Energy and Research and Technology at Stony Brook University.