Old Dominion University scores wind energy grant

In: Windfarms
Old Dominion University has won a $775,000 grant from the Department of Defense's Office of the Secretary of Veterans and Defense, with partners from the College of William & Mary University and James Madison University. The grant will help create a wind energy siting solution to mitigate the effects of location decision on military training, readiness and research, covering both offshore and onshore wind projects.

Tom Allen, professor of geography, will serve as principal investigator. The effort will be coordinated by Jerry Cronin of ODU's OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub.

"The grant will combine the University's strong capabilities in wind energy and geographic information systems, along with the entrepreneurial business development expertise of the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship to create a sustainable solution that extends beyond the life of the grant,"
Cronin said.

In 2019, Old Dominion University established an offshore wind task force to help align public- and private-sector interests as Dominion Energy Inc. prepares to build a 220-turbine wind farm approximately 27 miles off the Virginia Beach coast. The planned $7.8 billion venture is poised to be the largest offshore wind farm in the country when fully built.

"This award comes at a time when a coordinated approach for all things maritime is more important than ever,"
Old Dominion President John R. Broderick said. "I am proud of all of our researchers as we balance the economic opportunities of our maritime economy with the realities of national military security and our responsibility to protect our natural resources."

ODU's focus on offshore wind research has opened opportunities for the university, on top of the $1.8 million in grants already received.

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