Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind Announces Partnership with Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ (March 3, 2020) – Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind will support clean energy research and educational outreach activities at Montclair State University under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today.
Under the agreement, Ørsted’s $200,000 contribution will support the University’s Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center (CESAC) and will aid in the advancement of energy research initiatives, as well as the development of educational events, stakeholder engagement activities and STEM programming for elementary, middle and high school students.
“Montclair State University has quickly established itself as an innovator relating to the research and assessment of clean and sustainable energy solutions,” said Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind. “We are pleased to partner with them as we continue to make progress with our Ocean Wind project.”
“Montclair State has invested in the development of important programs and research in renewable energy and environmental science,” said Susan A. Cole, president of Montclair State University. “Partnerships with leading corporations in the energy sector, such as Ørsted, provide mutually beneficial synergies and much-needed resources that help us educate students and expand both research and outreach initiatives. Governor Murphy has expressed a vision for a clean energy future for New Jersey, and the University is pleased to be part of the effort to realize that vision. We are very grateful for Ørsted‘s support and look forward to working with them.”
CESAC, a public research and technical assistance center, identifies, quantifies and interprets the ramifications of clean energy development and to facilitate energy planning. It provides support for clean energy policies, technologies and practices through research and education programs.
“CESAC engages in collaboration, coordination, and support across the public and private sectors,” says Lora Billings, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “These activities produce objective, research-based knowledge on key issues facing New Jersey. They also create valuable learning opportunities for our undergraduate, masters and doctoral students, as well as our faculty and research partners.”
“Partnerships like this one with Ørsted demonstrate the value of collaboration between the academic community and private industry in identifying environmental and economic solutions related to clean energy,” said CESAC Director Pankaj Lal. “Ørsted’s support will help CESAC contribute to the collective effort to build a sustainable energy economy in New Jersey.”
About Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind
Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind delivers clean, renewable energy along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. It operates the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm, and has been awarded over 2,900 megawatts of capacity through six projects. It is jointly headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island and employs more than 150 people.
Ørsted was selected by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities in June 2019 to develop the state’s first offshore wind farm. Located 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, the 1,100 MW wind farm will create more than 3,000 direct jobs annually during construction and power more than 500,000 homes in the state.
The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms and energy storage facilities, bioenergy plants and provides energy products to its customers. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,500 people. Ørsted's shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Ørsted). In 2018, the group's revenue was DKK 76.9 billion ($11.4 billion). For more information on Ørsted, visit Ørsted.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.
About Montclair State University
Montclair State University is one of the leading public research universities in the state of New Jersey, offers over 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs, and currently enrolls over 21,000 students. In 2019, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education recognized Montclair State as a Doctoral University – High Research Activity and the U.S. Department of Education designated the university as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), highlighting the institution’s unprecedented growth and its commitment to providing underserved populations access to affordable higher education. CESAC’s research, education, and outreach activities support New Jersey’s plan for a clean and sustainable energy future. For more information on Montclair State University, visit www.montclair.edu.
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