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Wind energy fellowships

Oct. 6, 2014--The wind turbine on the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes has yielded many benefits in its first four years of operation, including generating clean energy for the campus and community, helping train students in turbine maintenance, testing new equipment, and supporting research studies.

Now, another important item has been added to that list — supporting fellowships for graduate students working in the wind energy area in the University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE).

The fellowships are funded through a new three-year agreement with the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC), which is purchasing renewable energy credits generated by the turbine.

The first two recipients of the UD-DEMEC Graduate Fellowship for Wind Energy Research are Chi Yan and Ali Ponte.

Yan, a doctoral candidate advised by Cristina Archer, associate professor of physical ocean science and engineering, is conducting research in the area of wind turbine physics. His project focuses on the development of a simulation to optimize offshore wind farm layout.

Ponte, who is working on a master’s degree, will focus on Mid-Atlantic continental shelf geological and geophysical data, incorporated with geotechnical data, towards the development of future offshore wind projects. She is advised by John Madsen, associate professor of geological sciences.

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