Stony Brook’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) will play a key role in a nationwide research and development consortium for the offshore wind industry.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority was awarded a $18.5 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to establish the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last week. New York State, through NYSERDA, has committed an additional $20.5 million to fund the consortium supporting Gov. Cuomo’s initiative Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).
“As a major international research university, Stony Brook is deeply committed to applying the results of its exceptional programs of discovery and invention to the public good,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “We welcome the opportunity to establish new collaborations in offshore wind energy. Both New York State and our campus are strategically positioned to lead this critically important national effort.”
The initiative furthers New York’s leadership role in advancing the cost effective and responsible development of offshore wind. The consortium will be supported through a public-private partnership including the offshore wind industry, utilities, research laboratories, and other states.
“This is an excellent example of collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy, the State of New York, NYSERDA, the Stony Brook University Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, and private industry,” AERTC Chair Robert Catell said. Catell is also Chair of the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium.
Governor Cuomo released the comprehensive New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan earlier this year, which will guide the responsible and cost-effective development of 2.4 GW of offshore wind by 2030, enough to power up to 1.2 million homes with clean energy.
“New York leads the nation in its commitment to renewable energy, and offshore wind is an affordable clean energy source that will power our future,” Governor Cuomo said. “Universities have a three-part mission of education, research, and service, and Stony Brook University excels in these areas through its leadership in the nationwide research and development consortium for the offshore wind industry,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson.
Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, called the consortium “an unprecedented opportunity for New York to lead the national effort to advance offshore wind power as a profitable, reliable and sustainable energy resource.”
Sotiropoulos, who will serve as Stony Brook’s representative on the R&D Advisory group for the Consortium, said that Stony Brook University is uniquely positioned to contribute through industry-driven cutting edge research, integrating computational approaches with data from atmospheric and ocean sensors, energy storage strategies, grid modeling tools and policy expertise.
“The consortium will drive innovation and economic development by optimizing offshore wind plants, reducing uncertainty and integrating offshore wind into the power grid,” he said. “We are proud to be the home of this major national initiative and looking forward to collaborating with our partners in this exciting effort.”