Ørsted and Eversource Set Aside USD 5 Million for Offshore Wind Research

Ørsted and Eversource are committing USD 5 million from their Sunrise Wind project in New York to Stony Brook University to support offshore wind research initiatives.

The commitment funded by the project will underwrite research initiatives specific to the advancement of offshore wind through Stony Brook’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) in connection with the Sunrise Wind project.

The AERTC would focus on interdisciplinary research activities related to engineering, construction, and logistics for offshore wind power generation, technological innovations to reduce costs and improve efficiencies of offshore wind, as well as wind resource assessment and energy production forecasting.

Its focus will also be on integrating intermittent renewable energy sources with utility grids and coordinating the development of offshore wind resources with other commercial offshore uses, particularly the fishing industry.

“The offshore wind industry and the prospect of a clean energy future are two of the most exciting developments happening right now in the United States,” said David Hardy, CEO of Ørsted Offshore North America. “Stony Brook University has long been positioning itself to be an academic and research epicenter of this green movement. The goal of this partnership is to leverage the academic power of this world-class research institution and apply it to our projects.”

Ørsted and Eversource are developing Sunrise Wind approximately 30 miles east of Montauk Point, off Long Island, through a joint venture.

The 880 MW project will comprise Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD turbines scheduled to be operational in 2024.

Photo: Sunrise Wind (Illustration)