June 7 (Renewables Now) - Seeking to support their plans to install up to 2.5 GW of offshore wind capacity off New Jersey, EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US have agreed on a five-year ocean research and monitoring partnership with Rutgers University.
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC, the 50/50 joint venture formed by the energy companies at end-2018, and the Rutgers Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) will seek to advance innovative approaches to gathering and analysing meteorological, oceanographic and marine bioacoustic data. Work under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the parties is to commence this summer, says a Thursday press release.
“RUCOOL is excited to work with colleagues at Atlantic Shores to better understand the coastal ocean and atmospheric environment off the coast of New Jersey. These new studies will enhance and contribute to decades of ocean and atmospheric observations, modelling, and knowledge in the region as New Jersey works to become the world leader in offshore wind,” said the Director of Atmospheric Research at the centre, Joseph Brodie.
EDF and Shell have secured an offshore wind lease area of 183,353 acres off the coast of Atlantic City on the US Outer Continental Shelf. They estimate that it could accommodate about 2.5 GW of offshore wind turbines. Atlantic Shores is participating in the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) solicitation for 1,100 MW of offshore wind power, but it stressed that it would proceed with data collection and research together with RUCOOL, regardless of the outcome of the NJBPU tender. The winners in it will be known this summer.