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New York Awards Offshore Wind Contracts

dominating the nascent U.S. offshore wind sector.The cost of generating electricity from offshore wind farms has dropped dramatically in recent years but is far more costly than power from wind facilities onshore. The United States currently has just one small offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island that is also owned by Orsted, but larger projects are being developed both there and elsewhere in the Northeast.(Reporting by Nichola Groom; editing by Diane Craft and Jonathan Oatis

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Atlantic Offshore Wind: Favorable Winds for Maritime

offshore wind farms.  These states acting through their governors and state legislatures are setting very high goals for renewable energy generally and offshore wind in particular. For example, the governor of New York’s goal is for 9,000 megawatts (MW) of OSW by 2035; the governor of Rhode Island has set a goal of 1,000 MW of clean energy projects by the end of 2020; and the Massachusetts legislature has created a goal of 3,200 MW of OSW by 2035. Finally, in Virginia, the state legislature declared 3,000 MW of OSW to be in the public interest, allowing (some say requiring) the State Corporation

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3D Sonar Used in Fishery Research

A collaborative research project aiming to assess pelagic fish species such as menhaden and herring is using an application of 3D sonar technology to increase sustainability and benefit the commercial fishing industry.In Rhode Island, pelagic fish, like the Atlantic menhaden and herring, are commercially important in supporting a large fishing industry, yet the management of pelagic fish is difficult due to the lack of reliable and adequate data. The goal of this project is to develop a methodology to detect fish in the sonar imagery, calculating the biomass pelagic fish present, classify the species

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Offshore Wind – A Brief History

payoff?  Modeling.  Dagher said UofM energy models will allow easier, faster and more accurate evaluations and assessments for matching project site with equipment, materials and positioning.  All of that means cheaper energy from offshore wind.-- 2016 – Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island, starts up, the first commercial offshore wind project in the US.   It’s relatively small – 30 megawatts, a project developed by Deepwater Wind.-- 2018 – DOE reports (2017 data) that the U.S. has a total of 25,434 MW of offshore wind energy in the pipeline, with projects

A plasma-burning machine cuts the first steel plate that will be used to build the ballistic missile submarine Columbia (SSBN 826). Photo by Matt Hildreth/HII

Columbia Class Subs Take Shape in Virginia

Pappano, Columbia’s program executive officer; Capt. Jon Rucker, Columbia’s program manager; Will Lennon, vice president of the Columbia-class submarine program for General Dynamics Electric Boat; and shipbuilders.Construction of the 12-boat Columbia class will take place in Virginia, Rhode Island and Connecticut, with Electric Boat assembling and delivering all of the submarines. The lead boat is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in 2027

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UMass Dartmouth to Host Renewable Energy Conference

local economy, how government can spur innovation, current experiences and the economics of starting a renewable energy project, stakeholder engagement, and entrepreneurship and innovation in the supply chain. There will also be student research posters on display from UMass Dartmouth, University of Rhode Island, and others

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's new Deputy Director & Vice President for Research Rick Murray (Photo: WHOI)

WHOI Names Murray Deputy Director & VP for Research

received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, and also graduated from the Sea Education Association’s program in Woods Hole. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, he was a post-doctoral scholar at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

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Ørsted Tapped for Connecticut Offshore Wind Farm

investment decision (FID), construction on the Revolution Wind project is expected to start in 2022, and the wind farm is expected to be commissioned in 2023.With the 100MW added capacity, Revolution Wind has now secured a total of 700MW offshore wind capacity, including previously awarded projects in Rhode Island and Connecticut, which Ørsted will build as one joint project. Ørsted will also build the adjacent 130MW South Fork project at the same time.Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Offshore, said, “We’re happy to have been selected for contract

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INVENTION: Pitching a Tent Underwater

a scrubber, and a fan to remove carbon dioxide from the environment, continuously cleaning the air in the tent. This unique ability to control the atmospheric composition creates a safe and breathable environment for divers.The habitat was successfully deployed during a test dive off the coast of Rhode Island in late October, conducting the first-ever field deployment of the patented life support system. They will continue to conduct a series of test dives this spring, and will begin to spend longer periods of time underwater, up to 8-12 hours, and possibly overnight, within the next six months

A visualization of the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current. (Image: Christopher Henze, NASA/Ames)

Researchers to Monitor Disruptive US Gulf Current

A major $2 million scientific study led by the University of Rhode Island (URI)’s Graduate School of Oceanography will monitor disruptive ocean currents in the US Gulf of Mexico, with a long term goal to improve forecasts for safer offshore operations in the region.The Loop Current System (LCS) is the dominant ocean circulation feature in the Gulf of Mexico, influencing all ocean processes in the Gulf with implications for a wide range of human and natural activities, from oil exploration to coastal eco-systems. To date, knowledge of its underlying dynamics is limited.URI’s initial study

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One-on-One: Chris Gibson, VideoRay

most different?As VideoRay has grown, we now work out of a much larger, professional facility.  The building is about 25,000 sq. ft. and has dedicated areas for Production, Repairs, Operations, and Sales. We also have a separate nearby Research & Development facility and remote employees in Rhode Island and San Diego.The VideoRay Pro 4, Pro 5, and Defender on an oil rig. Photo credit to Dean Nafziger of UROV. Image: VideoRayPlease provide an overview of the VideoRay ROV family today.VideoRay is well-known for our three-thruster, yellow ROVs. These ROVs are portable, rugged, and reliable. We have

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