TUCKERTON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) and the Rutgers University Marine Field Station (RUMFS) have collaborated with Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind to install a wind LiDAR (light detection and ranging) instrument alongside the causeway leading to RUMFS in Tuckerton, New Jersey. This fully autonomous sensor platform, owned and operated by Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, will provide observations of wind profiles up to several hundred feet in a location directly on the land/sea boundary.
The LiDAR will be in place for the next several years, collecting real-time weather observations contributing to ongoing research, monitoring modeling and data synthesis efforts of both Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind and Rutgers. This information will contribute to Rutgers’ research on sea breezes and coastal storms, as well as future research initiatives conducted by RUCOOL and Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind.
“As the holder of one of the largest offshore wind leases in the United States, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind is glad our industry can help support this critical research,” said Jennifer Daniels, Development Director at Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind. “Measuring high-quality wind data is critical to accurately calculating how much energy our wind projects will produce, and we are happy to open our lease area for data collection that benefits not only us, but New Jersey and larger environmental research efforts. Together with Rutgers, we are helping to ensure New Jersey is a leader in a thriving, new green economy.”
“Offshore wind is a key piece of New Jersey’s green future, taking advantage of one of our greatest, untapped sources of renewable energy,” said Joseph Brodie, Director of Atmospheric Research at RUCOOL. “Public-private partnerships like the one we’ve built with Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind -- sharing data, knowledge and resources -- enable all of our efforts to go farther. Through this collaboration, we are bringing New Jersey one step closer to a future powered by renewable energies while training the next generation of researchers and industry leaders and preserving our unique ocean resource.”
About Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC:
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC is a 50/50 partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America. The joint venture formed in December 2018 to co-develop a 183,353 acre lease area located approximately 8-20 miles off the New Jersey coast between Atlantic City and Barnegat Light. Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind is strategically positioned to meet the growing demands of renewable energy targets in New York, New Jersey and beyond, with strong and steady wind resources close to large population centers with associated electricity demand. Atlantic Shores, once fully developed, has the potential to generate 2,500 MW of clean, renewable wind energy – enough to power nearly one million homes. The capital and expertise needed to develop such a large area is significant. Together, Shell and EDF Renewables have the investment capability and industry experience to bring this project to scale safely, efficiently and cost effectively. For more info, go to www.atlanticshoreswind.com.