Survey Could Pave The Way For Offshore Wind Power In Virginia | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Survey Could Pave The Way For Offshore Wind Power In Virginia

Play associated audio
Virginia's coast is just one area targetted by a collaboration between the Department of Energy's wind program and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Virginia's coast is just one area targetted by a collaboration between the Department of Energy's wind program and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Virginia is beginning a geological survey of a patch of the Atlantic Ocean that could become an offshore wind farm supplying energy for half a million homes.

This is part of a chain reaction of events designed to accelerate the development of offshore wind. The State of Virginia and the Department of the Interior are funding a geological survey of 24 square miles of ocean floor near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay to figure out what engineers need to know in order to install offshore turbines. 

Offshore turbines are generally more of a technical challenge than land based turbines.

After the ocean floor is surveyed, Dominion Virginia Power will build two experimental six megawatt wind turbines about 22 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.  The utility won a $4 million grant from the Department of Energy, and may get nearly $50 million more from the federal government as the project moves forward. 

The plan is to test out breakthrough technologies around the country that will bring down the cost of offshore wind energy.

NPR

From Bond Girl To Medicine Woman: Jane Seymour's Big Break

The actress is best known for her role as Dr. Quinn, the physician on the American frontier. But her big break came years before, when she played 007's tarot-reading love interest in Live and Let Die.
NPR

'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by how Christopher McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a scientific journal, he and a chemist show that the seeds McCandless consumed can contain a toxin.
NPR

5 Things You Should Know About Ben Carson

The pediatric neurosurgeon, who entered the presidential race Sunday night, performed pioneering operations on conjoined twins and hasn't held public office before. Here's what you might not know.
NPR

The Promise And Potential Pitfalls Of Apple's ResearchKit

Apple's new mobile software platform is designed to help collect data for medical research, but concerns have been raised about privacy and informed consent.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.