Stockton University and Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that would support research, academic programs, and events at the university.
The MOU allows students and faculty with opportunities to assist with the development of Ørsted's proposed Ocean Wind project if the project is approved by the state.
“This partnership with Ørsted is an excellent example of academia and corporations working together,” said Lori Vermeulen, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Stockton University. “Our new Academic Quad includes a Sustainability Lab and we look forward to contributing to the development of wind energy in New Jersey.”
Ørsted will also provide funding to help promote educational programming related to alternative energy, climate change and resiliency.
“Stockton University has strong academic programs and scientific expertise that align well with our mission to bring offshore wind to New Jersey,” said Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind and President of Ørsted North America. “We look forward to working with both faculty and students as we build a new industry in the state that will deliver clean, reliable energy while enhancing the economy.”
Ørsted submitted a bid to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to build their Ocean Wind project 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City in December of 2018.
The offshore wind energy farm is expected to provide more than half a million New Jersey homes with clean, reliable and stable-priced power. It is also expected to create up to 1,000 annual construction jobs.