Research at the Wind Energy Center

We understand that in order for offshore wind development to most benefit the U.S., innovation is necessary to develop a domestic industry, and big-picture thinking is needed to maximize benefits to everyone. Our vision includes game-changing technology advancements; sensible and streamlined models for permitting, regulation, and data collection and sharing; system level approaches to offshore wind infrastructure investment and management; and proactive public engagement with stakeholders.

Our approach to offshore wind is comprehensive - we bring together researchers who understand the technical challenges, environmental implications, socioeconomic impacts and regulatory hurdles of offshore wind development. Our areas of expertise include: 

  • Turbine design and analysis
  • Environmental and ecological modeling and assessment
  • Public policy and acceptance
  • Climate change effects
  • Economics
  • Offshore structure/geotechnical engineering

Learn more about our faculty research interests here.