Stockton signs MOU with Ørsted to support research, academics

Stockton University announced Monday it has formed a partnership with Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind.

Stockton said it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ørsted to support research, academic programs and events at the school.

The agreement could also provide Stockton students and faculty with opportunities to assist with Ørsted’s proposed wind project if it receives state approval.

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.

“This partnership with Ørsted is an excellent example of academia and corporations working together,” Lori Vermeulen, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Stockton University, said.  “Our new Academic Quad includes a Sustainability Lab and we look forward to contributing to the development of wind energy in New Jersey.”

Under the agreement, Ørsted will provide funding to assist the promotion of educational programming related to alternative energy, climate change and resiliency.

“Stockton University has strong academic programs and scientific expertise that align well with our mission to bring offshore wind to New Jersey,” Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind and president of Ørsted North America, said.  “We look forward to working with both faculty and students as we build a new industry in the state that will deliver clean, reliable energy while enhancing the economy.”

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