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UD students get early look at first US offshore wind farm

University of Delaware students enrolled in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment’s interdisciplinary course “Offshore Wind Power: Science, Engineering and Policy” got an early look at the first U.S. offshore wind installation off the coast of Rhode Island this month. The visit to the offshore wind project, which began generating clean, renewable power just this week, was sponsored by the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration (CCPI).

“The day trip to tour the Block Island wind project was the culminating event in our integrated, cross-disciplinary, multi-instructor course. This year we placed particular emphasis on the Block Island project by having guest speakers from Weeks Marine, LS Cable America, and GE on foundation installation, cable installation and the turbines at the site, as well as considering site-specific project siting, public perceptions, citizen engagement, and approval of the contract for power,” explained Jeremy Firestone, director of CCPI, and a course co-instructor.