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Willett Kempton


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Dr. Willett Kempton is a professor in the University of Delaware's School of Marine Science and Policy within the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.  Dr. Kempton is the Research Director for UD's Center for Carbon-free Power Integration.  His research interests and areas include: offshore wind power: public reactions, policy framework, large scale implementation; electricity policy; and electric vehicles for grid power storage. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Electric and Computer Engineering.  

Dr. Kempton is a nationally renowned expert in two renewable energy fields: offshore wind power and electric cars/vehicles. He pioneered vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. V2G vehicles work like an electrical sponge, capable of absorbing excess energy when demand for power is low and returning some back to the electric grid when the demand for power is high.

Dr. Kempton also research into offshore wind turbines as a source of energy. Focus includes the viability and efficiency of such offshore wind farms, as well as gauging public support and public opposition. He is widely quoted by news outlets on proposed East Coast offshore wind farms off the coasts of Delaware and Cape Cod, amongst other locales.

Research Projects:

Offshore wind power >

Grid-integrated vehicles >







• Renewable Energy


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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