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First graders learned about wind, turbines and kites at UD's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.

Wind lessons

  • By Teresa Messmore
  • November 12, 2013

First-graders learned about wind turbines during a science unit at Smyrna Elementary School, but seeing one tower 250 feet above the ground at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes was a whole other experience. More

D Provost Domenico Grasso (left) with Patrick E. McCullar, president and CEO of the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, which will buy renewable energy credits generated by the University's wind turbine.

Renewable energy agreement

  • By Teresa Messmore
  • October 7, 2013

Renewable energy credits generated by the University of Delaware’s wind turbine in Lewes will be purchased by the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC) through a new three-year agreement.

The proceeds will support a wind energy graduate student research fellowship in the University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE). More

Safety measures during Hurricane Sandy

  • By Teresa Messmore
  • October 26, 2012

UD's wind turbine is programed to operate at wind speeds between 8 and 56 miles per hour and will automatically shut itself down when outside this range. Should it appear that Hurricane Sandy will approach Lewes, the turbine will be shut down manually until conditions allow it to be restarted.

The generator inside UD's wind turbine in Lewes is being replaced by one made specifically for the U.S. market.

UD's wind turbine in Lewes marks second year of energy generation, research

  • By Teresa Messmore
  • August 1, 2012

This past June marked the second anniversary of the installation of the University of Delaware's wind turbine located in Lewes. Since it became operational in June 2010, the turbine has generated 9.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh), spinning out more than enough electricity to power the Hugh R. Sharp Campus. More

The generator inside UD’s wind turbine in Lewes is being replaced by one made specifically for the U.S. market.

First Gamesa turbine generator made specifically for US market tested at UD's Lewes campus

  • By Teresa Messmore
  • July 24, 2012

The University of Delaware's wind turbine in Lewes will be the test site for Gamesa Technology Corp.'s first generator customized for the United States, to be used in its two-megawatt wind turbines. More

Gamesa to service turbine through weekend

  • By Ron Ohrel
  • May 8, 2012

Over the next several days, Gamesa will perform service on the University of Delaware's wind turbine in Lewes. The turbine will not operate during the service period. The turbine is expected to resume operation the week of May 13.

Stephen Dexter, professor of marine biosciences

Steering clear of corrosion

  • By Teresa Messmore
  • April 20, 2012

It's a problem many boaters face after cruising salty waters around Delaware's coast: corrosion. Rivets, rudders and other boat parts can start to disintegrate after seawater contacts different metals and causes damaging chemical reactions. More

Turbine generated research funds, energy for UD and community in first year

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • June 24, 2011

The University of Delaware's wind turbine produced 5.1 million kilowatt hours (kwh) of energy during its first year of operation, experts told seminar attendees at UD's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes yesterday. That was enough to power UD's Lewes campus, with a surplus of 1.3 million kwh — sufficient for about 120 homes — sent to the Lewes Board of Public Works for use by the city's homeowners. More

June 23: Wind turbine research seminar

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • June 13, 2011

How much energy does the University of Delaware's wind turbine create? What kinds of research are taking place on it? Find out at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 23, when the University will hold a seminar about the structure located at its Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. More

Willett Kempton discusses wind energy during a recent Land and Sea Lecture.

Students certified to facilitate research at top
of wind turbine

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • May 3, 2011

Graduate students DeAnna Sewell and Blaise Sheridan have taken the idea of "hands-on learning" to a whole new level. Literally. The pair earned certification to climb the University of Delaware's 2-megawatt wind turbine and recently completed their first ascent to the top of the 256-foot-tall machine. More

Willett Kempton discusses wind energy during a recent Land and Sea Lecture.

Land and Sea lecturer: U.S. wind energy future looks bright

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • March 18, 2011

A recently announced U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plan sets new goals for tapping the country's massive wind resource by 2020. Is it realistic? University of Delaware wind energy expert Willett Kempton told a standing-room-only crowd at the Friday, March 11, Land and Sea Lecture why he thinks it is. More

Corrosivity samples at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.

Lewes turbine corrosion research could benefit global wind industry

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • March 17, 2011

The ocean's powerful winds make the coast an ideal location for a wind turbine. Ironically, it's that ocean air that presents a challenge to any turbine on or near the sea. The moist, salty air combined with a turbine's metallic materials can result in corrosion, a destructive process able to bring any power-generating source to a halt. More

Study to quantify turbine impact on birds and bats

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • March 7, 2011

The University of Delaware's 2-megawatt wind turbine is the site of new research that will help answer a common question about the alternative energy producers: How do they affect birds and bats? More

Update on UD, NREL plans to explore offshore wind test locations in Atlantic

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • December 21, 2010

In June, the University of Delaware and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced plans to collaborate on offshore wind research and to facilitate the testing of commercial wind turbines off the Delaware coast. That project is moving forward, and currently members of UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment are evaluating how to create an offshore test site. More

Turbine Bookmark

Free turbine bookmark available from Delaware Sea Grant

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • December 1, 2010

The University of Delaware's 2-megawatt wind turbine is the latest addition to the set of seven bookmarks available through the Delaware Sea Grant College Program. Each bookmark represents some aspect of Delaware Bay—from wildlife to swimming safety to alternative energy. In addition to helpful information, each bookmark includes a full-color image relevant to the subject matter. More

Annual event shows how to 'Make the Most of Our Coast'

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • October 8, 2010

Not even a rainy, gusty day could keep crowds from celebrating the University of Delaware's 34th annual Coast Day. The event, sponsored by UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, was held Sunday, Oct. 3. More

Wind turbine Q-and-A set for Aug. 12

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • July 19, 2010

The University of Delaware will hold a Q-and-A session about its Hugh R. Sharp Campus wind turbine in Lewes at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug 12. More

University of Delaware to partner with NREL on offshore wind research

  • By Ron Ohrel
  • June 15, 2010

The University of Delaware and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today announced they will collaborate on offshore wind research and work to facilitate the testing of commercial wind turbines off the Delaware coast. More

Gathering to flip a switch symbolizing the connection of the
turbine to the electrical grid.

University of Delaware and Gamesa commission coastal wind turbine

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • June 11, 2010

Culminating years of planning and study, the University of Delaware and Gamesa Technology Corporation held a ceremony June 11 to commission a 2-megawatt wind turbine at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. Several dignitaries joined in the celebration, including Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.), Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Collin O’Mara, City of Lewes Mayor James Ford, and Deputy Director Michael Robinson of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Wind Technology Center. More

Ocean Currents Lecture Series to focus on wind energy June 17

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • May 28, 2010

The University of Delaware School of Marine Science and Policy’s popular Ocean Currents Lecture Series continues in June with a talk on wind energy. Delivering the lecture will be Nancy Targett, dean of UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), and CEOE wind energy expert Jeremy Firestone. More

Careful assessments related to the Lewes wind turbine

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • May 7, 2010

Prior to constructing its wind turbine in Lewes, the University of Delaware conducted several studies and held multiple public meetings to identify and discuss any potential effects the turbine could have on nearby residents. One issue considered was local property values. More

Time lapse video shows turbine construction

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • May 3, 2010

It began in March, involved more than 50 loads of cement, 60 tons of rebar, and one very large crane, but construction of the University of Delaware's 2-megawatt wind turbine is now complete. A time lapse video of the action is available here. More

Sen. Thomas Carper signs one of the turbine's blades
as Dean Nancy Targett looks on.

Sen. Carper lauds Lewes campus wind turbine

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • April 27, 2010

U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.) toured the site of the 2-megawatt wind turbine being constructed at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes on Friday, April 23. With the turbine’s 256-foot tower standing overhead, Carper said the project fits his vision for the region. More

The nacelle fro the wind turbine

See the installation of UD's Lewes wind turbine live online

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • April 20, 2010

The University of Delaware’s 2-megawatt wind turbine is being installed and you can watch live on your computer! More

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UD’s Lewes wind turbine on track for completion

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • April 12, 2010

Requiring several dozen cement truck deliveries, the foundation for the 2-megawatt wind turbine is now in place at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. More

Construction of UD's Lewes wind turbine under way

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • March 11, 2010

Construction is under way on a 2-megawatt land-based wind turbine at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, part of UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE). More

Web site allows users to follow progress of UD's Lewes wind turbine construction

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • March 1, 2010

Construction is about to begin on a 2-megawatt land-based wind turbine at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, part of UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE). The public can follow its progress on CEOE’s new wind turbine web site. More

Public Q-and-A about UD's Lewes wind turbine set for Feb. 28

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • February 23, 2010

We’ve all heard a lot of talk about green energy. But the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) is taking steps to make a land-based wind turbine on its Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Del., a reality.

Learn more about the project at a question and answer session to be held Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. in Cannon Lab Room 104 at the Lewes campus on Pilottown Road. More

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University of Delaware and Gamesa finalize agreement to install coastal wind turbine

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • October 19, 2009

The University of Delaware and Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica have finalized an agreement to install a utility-scale 2-megawatt Gamesa wind turbine at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes in 2010. UD and Gamesa representatives signed the agreement in an Oct. 19 ceremony attended by several dignitaries including Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara, and City of Lewes Mayor Jim Ford. More

UD, Gamesa reach agreement to install coastal wind turbine

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • July 27, 2009

The University of Delaware and Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica have signed an agreement that could facilitate the installation of a utility-scale 2.0MW Gamesa wind turbine at UD's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes next year. The agreement was reached in a memorandum of understanding signed by representatives of UD and Gamesa, with a final accord anticipated in September. More

CEOE dean to discuss Lewes campus wind turbine at Ocean Currents Lecture

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • July 8, 2009

We’ve all heard a lot of talk about green energy. But the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) is taking steps to make a land-based wind turbine on its Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Del., a reality. More

Tower marks next step in wind energy project for Lewes campus

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • May 28, 2008

The University of Delaware is continuing with plans for wind power generation on its Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Del. On Friday, May 9, it completed installation of a temporary tower outfitted with electronic gear, which scientists say will provide data to help them determine specifications for a land-based wind turbine to be placed on the campus. More

UD to explore wind energy on Lewes Campus

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • March 21, 2008

The University of Delaware plans to study the potential for wind power generation at its Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. A temporary tower on the campus will be installed and outfitted with electronic gear to determine the feasibility of this alternative energy source. More

Delawareans willing to pay a premium for wind energy

  • By Elizabeth Boyle
  • September 21, 2007

Delaware residents not only are supportive of offshore wind power, according to new analysis of a survey conducted by University of Delaware researchers, but they're willing to pay to have it instead of coal or natural gas power. More

Researchers find substantial wind resource off Mid-Atlantic coast

  • By Tracey Bryant
  • February 1, 2007

The wind resource off the Mid-Atlantic coast could supply the energy needs of nine states from Massachusetts to North Carolina, plus the District of Columbia--with enough left over to support a 50 percent increase in future energy demand--according to a study by researchers at the University of Delaware and Stanford University. More