Ørsted said it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the university to support offshore wind engineering research clinics for students.
“Rowan University has very strong engineering and science programs that we are very pleased to support,” Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind and president of Ørsted North America, said. “Through this partnership, we will help educate and collaborate with the work force of the future – that will be driving important industries in New Jersey such as offshore wind.”
The MOU was signed at Rowan’s annual Faculty Research Day, which showcased research, scholarships and creative activity at the university’s three campuses.
“Rowan University values this partnership with Ørsted in the area of offshore wind. We have considerable expertise we can contribute through research and workforce development from our various academic units, and we look forward to engaging with Ørsted in building a more sustainable and green economy,” Dr. Beena Sukumaran, Rowan’s vice president for research, said.
In December 2018, Ørsted, in conjunction with Public Service Enterprise Group, submitted a bid to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to build its Ocean Wind project, the first offshore wind farm in New Jersey that will sit 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City. The award is expected from the NJBPU in summer 2019, Ørsted said.