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As part of the University of Delaware's Center for Carbon-free Power Integration, we conduct research and teaching on offshore wind power. We are interdisciplinary, with a primary administrative home in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, but with strong links to the College of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering), Center for Composite Materials, and others. This site describes our research, teaching, and public testimony, gives an introduction to some offshore wind concepts and tools, and describes the contracted Delaware offshore wind projects.

Events and News


Two new articles co-authored by the UD wind group address often asked questions: Is it possible to slow down or stop hurricane damage? and How much wind power can we extract?

Taming Hurricanes
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New research by Stanford University and the University of Delaware shows that an army of offshore wind turbines could reduce hurricanes’ wind speeds, wave heights and flood-causing storm surge. Hurricanes are causing increasing damage to many coastal regions worldwide. Offshore wind turbines can provide substantial clean electricity year-round, but can they also mitigate hurricane damage while avoiding damage to themselves?
This study suggests just that. Jacobson, Mark Z., Cristina L. Archer, and Willett Kempton, Taming hurricanes with arrays of offshore wind turbines, Nature Climate Change, Mach 2014, doi:10.1038/nclimate2120, may require payment. The paper is also cited in USA Today, Ars Technica, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Discovery Channel. Some of Archer's work can be seen on her webpage.

World wind power resources

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How much wind power is available in the world? Will too many wind turbines slow down the wind and cause climate change? A recently published study co-authored by UD's Cristina Archer shows that there is enough wind power potential for all human energy needs several times over before the wind is appreciably slowed. Jacobson, Mark Z. and Cristina L. Archer, 2012, Saturation wind power potential and its implications for wind energy, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 1208993109v1-6, published doi: 10.1073/pnas.1208993109, may require payment. Preprint link. See some of the news coverage of the study findings at: Ars Technica, Scientific American, and Daily Mail.

Other news

The program has grown dramatically over the past several years. See the current funded research projects, expanded faculty, and new research facilities (all from bars on left side).

The University of Delaware/Gamesa 2-megawatt land-based wind turbine was erected during the spring of 2010, and was formally commissioned in June 2010. Since that time it has been providing the power needed to run the entire Lewes Campus with some left over to sell back to the City of Lewes. It most importantly serves as a research tool for faculty and students. For more information on the turbine, see the page on “Research facilities”, and for the current status of the turbine itself, visit the