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Contracts awarded for New York Bight metocean studies

Fri 01 Feb 2019 by David Foxwell

Contracts awarded for New York Bight metocean studies
Alicia Barton: “metocean data will advance offshore wind projects offshore New York state”

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded multi-year contracts to study the meteorological and oceanographic conditions for offshore wind in the waters off the Atlantic coast of New York, known as the New York Bight.

The multi-year project advances Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Green New Deal, which includes an increase in New York’s offshore wind target to 9.0 GW by 2035, up from 2.4 GW by 2030.

NYSERDA president and chief executive Alicia Barton said, “New York works to become a national hub for offshore wind. Access to better metocean and environmental data will further advance offshore wind projects in the most informed and responsible manner possible. Deploying data collection technology will help protect the state’s coastal resources and marine environment and is a significant step towards meeting Governor Cuomo’s offshore wind and clean energy goals.”

The announcement will result in light detection and ranging (LiDAR) systems being mounted on buoys 20 miles from the shore in the New York Bight.

Contracts were awarded to Ocean Tech Services, who will serve as a floating LiDAR system supplier and focus on permitting, hardware, deployment, maintenance, and decommissioning the LiDAR system; and DNV GL, who will serve as data management and analysis contractor with a primary focus on data analysis, data storage, and data presentation.

Both companies will support the deployment of two floating LiDAR systems off the Atlantic coast for two years. The target date for deployment of both systems is May 2019 to begin collecting wind speed and direction within anticipated rotor swept zones, wave and current measurements, as well as other environmental data.


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