Workshop on U.S. offshore wind energy

In February 2013, sponsored by the UD Energy Institute and the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration (CCPI), Archer organized a workshop on the research needs for the next decade within the newly-emerging US offshore wind energy sector. The researchers and wind experts agreed that  more observations at offshore meteorological towers, preferably at multiple vertical levels, are urgently needed to understand the marine boundary layer, validate models, and validate other measurement instruments, such as lidars and remote sensing.

The press release is available here.


Archer, C. L., B. A. Colle, L. Delle Monache, M. J. Dvorak, J. Lundquist, B. H. Bailey, P. Beaucage, M. J. Churchfield, A. C. Fitch, B. Kosovic, S. Lee, P. J. Moriarty, H. Simao, R. J. A. M. Stevens, D. Veron, J. Zack, 2013: Meteorology for coastal/offshore wind energy in the United States: Recommendations and research needs for the next 10 years. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00108.1 [pdf]

Firestone, J., C. L. Archer, M. P. Gardner, J. A. Madsen, A. K. Prasad, and D. E. Veron, 2015: Opinion: The time has come for offshore wind power in the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(39), 11985-11988, doi:10.1073/pnas.1515376112. [pdf]  

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