Stony Brook lends consortium a hand

The Stony Brook university's Advanced Energy Research and Technology Centre (AERTC) has been chosen to aid the United States' goal of clean energy.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority was awarded a $18.5 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to establish the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last week.

New York State, through NYSERDA, has committed an additional $20.5 million to fund the consortium supporting Gov. Cuomo's initiative Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).

Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said. "We welcome the opportunity to establish new collaborations in offshore wind energy. Both New York State and our campus are strategically positioned to lead this critically important national effort."

The consortium will be supported through a public-private partnership including the offshore wind industry, utilities, research laboratories, and other states.

"This is an excellent example of collaboration between the US Department of Energy, the State of New York, NYSERDA, the Stony Brook University Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, and private industry," AERTC Chair Robert Catell said. Catell is also Chair of the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium.

Governor Cuomo released the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan earlier this year, which will guide the responsible and cost-effective development of 2.4GW of offshore wind by 2030, enough to power up to 1.2 million homes with clean energy.

"New York leads the nation in its commitment to renewable energy, and offshore wind is an affordable clean energy source that will power our future," Governor Cuomo said.

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said. "Partnering with federal and state entities will help us combine our knowledge to create best practices for clean, green energy. Thank you to Governor Cuomo for leading the charge on this initiative, and congratulations to Stony Brook University."

Yacov Shamash, Stony Brook's Vice President for Economic Development, said the constellation of R&D programs at AERTC is "a key anchor for New York's leadership of this national effort."

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