Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind announces research partnership with Rowan University

Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind announces research partnership with Rowan University


Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind on March 27 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rowan University that will allow the company to support innovative offshore wind engineering clinics for students and collaborate with them on research opportunities. The MOU was signed at Rowan’s annual Faculty Research Day, which showcases and honors outstanding research, scholarship and creative activity at the University’s three campuses.

Ørsted submitted an application for its Ocean Wind project to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) in December 2018 to develop the first offshore wind farm in the state. The announcement for the award is expected from the NJBPU in summer 2019. 

“Rowan University has very strong engineering and science programs that we are very pleased to support,” said Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind and president of Ørsted North America. “Through this partnership, we will help educate and collaborate with the work force of the future -- that will be driving important industries in New Jersey such as offshore wind.”

Located 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Ocean Wind project will create more than 1,000 jobs during construction.

“Rowan University values this partnership with Ørsted in the area of offshore wind. We have considerable expertise we can contribute through research and workforce development from our various academic units, and we look forward to engaging with Ørsted in building a more sustainable and green economy,” said Dr. Beena Sukumaran, Rowan’s vice president for Research.