Off Shore Wind – On June 30, 2021, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities awarded a combined 2,658 MW of off-shore wind (OSW) capacity to Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind and Ørsted’s Ocean Wind II, bringing the state’s total planned capacity to over 3,700 MW and moving New Jersey closer to its goal of 7,500 MW of OSW by 2035 and 100 percent clean energy by 2050.
Developing an OSW cluster that can maintain sustainable performance in the presence of a broad array of technical, infrastructure, societal, and other hurdles requires that a coordinated and system-based effort be employed. Rutgers faculty and staff are playing an important role in bringing this vision to reality. From the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences where faculty and staff are monitoring the impact of wind installations on the state’s fisheries, to the Rutgers Business School who is developing the supply chain needed to construct and maintain the turbines, to the School of Engineering exploring advances in construction technologies. A holistic suite of resources including workforce development, entrepreneurship training and plans to recruit from a diverse population are being developed to fully realize the economic benefits of OSW. The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station’s EcoComplex “Clean Energy Innovation Center” will create programs to support start-ups, particularly women and minority owned businesses, and the School of Management and Labor Relations will develop workforce training courses and certifications.
These efforts will enable New Jersey to become a global leader in off-shore wind, known for its integrated, inclusive approach to the entrepreneurship, education/training, business/job development, engineering, and the environmental and economic development of OSW.
The EcoComplex “Clean Energy Innovation Center” is the state’s clean technology and environmental research, outreach and business incubation center. It serves as a university-based hub of information and resources for industry, academia and government. The resources at the EcoComplex are designed to facilitate the commercialization of new technologies and business concepts. We believe, supporting development of clean energy, environmental and controlled environment agriculture related innovations will contribute to economic growth and overall sustainability of New Jersey.
Their mission is to address the pressing clean energy, environmental and sustainable agriculture issues faced in New Jersey and foster the commercialization of technologies that can address them in a sustainable manner. We also serve as a center for education and outreach for these important issues.
Contact: Serpil Guran, Ph.D.
Phone Number: 609-360-0106
Rutgers Climate Institute – University-wide effort to address one of the most important issues of our time through research, education and outreach. The Institute draws upon strengths in many departments at Rutgers facilitating collaboration across a broad range of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, the humanities, engineering, law, and medicine.
Contact: Marjorie Kaplan
Phone Number: 848-932-5739
New Jersey Climate Resource Center – coordinates interdisciplinary research activities that will help New Jersey prepare for, and adapt to, climate change. The center’s mission advances the efforts of government, public, private, and nongovernmental sectors to adapt to a changing climate.
Contact: Jeanne Herb
Phone Number: 848-932-2725
Rutgers Energy Institute – four principal areas of activity: education of undergraduate and graduate students; pioneering research; outreach to the community to share information and engage the public; and policy advice to government, business, and civic leaders who require current knowledge about energy use, alternatives, and innovations to guide decision-making and public planning.
Contact: Rachael Shwom
Phone Number: 848-932-9235