The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) have announced a partnership aimed at advancing offshore wind projects.
The partnership will tap into UMBC’s LIDAR expertise. "LIDAR remote sensing is an efficient and economical alternative that allows us to measure winds across several heights, from the ocean surface to above the full height of the tallest turbines built," explained UMBC's Ruben Delgado.
The $890,000 partnership is expected to last for three years. Abigail Ross, acting director of MEA, said it would assist Maryland in reaping the economic and environmental benefits of offshore wind. Its formation follows the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 becoming law last month. It should pave the way for the development of the 200MW Ocean City project.