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AUDU’s efforts to create a wind farm in extreme conditions


September 29, 2021

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Emily Fringling

Paul Olsen, a program and partnership executive for the former Dominican University Research Office, sees the beach wind as a

Paul Olsen, a program and partnership executive for the former Dominican University Research Office, sees the beach wind as a “mega project” for the region. Photo by Mark Rhodes

Crystal Sunaw completed research on the development of the world’s coastal wind industry at the Battalion College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University last spring.

When China, South Korea, Japan and European countries learned how to develop their offshore wind programs, Sunuwar came to the unexpected conclusion: He also noted how difficult it has been for the United States and other countries to approve government-approved coastal wind projects.

“If we can make the federal process more efficient, I think we can do it a little faster,” he said.

Such questions are a driving force in Audi, in partnership with other education, government and business entities, to establish a supply chain center in Virginia for the coastal wind industry, including the East Coast.

In April 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Nortam Dominion Energy Virginia and Apapachian Power have signed the Virginia Free Economy Act, which seeks to generate all electricity from carbon-free sources for Virginia by 2045 and 2050. Meanwhile, Richmond-based Dominion Energy Inc. It is in the process of approving a 2.64-gigawatt, $ 7.8 billion Coastal Venture (CVOW) project off the coast of Virginia 27 miles off the coast of Virginia. By 2026, it will have 180 wind turbines and generate enough power for up to 660,000 homes.

Also, In 2019, with the ODU and the State Department of Mines, Mines and Energy – As of October 1, he was reassigned to the Virginia Department of Energy. A memorandum of understanding was signed for the state’s coastal wind projects, including the Dominican wind farm.

As part of that agreement, Odyssey organized a Commonwealth Beach Wind Task Force that brings together more than 200 partners from across the state to explore all aspects of building a new industry: from labor pipeline supply to chain capacity, to coastal wind connectivity to existing Virginia industries.

Paul Olsen, Program and Partnership Executive for the Audit Research Bureau, leads the task force with Jennifer Energy Palestine. As a former commander of the U.S. Army Engineers in Norfolk County, Olson’s beach wind is the next big mega project to attract the attention of the entire Hampton Roads area.

“Perhaps the longest-running effort is to focus on the various areas where Virginia needs to become a hub for industry,” said Matt Smith, head of the Hampton Roads Alliance Coastal Business Development.

Olsen’s proposal to build UN task force mirrors When he arrived in Old Dominion in 2015, it was his work to organize university efforts. But when it comes to fundraising for AUDU’s research efforts, Olson recalls that his business was overseas. It is very clear.

“Until we get the price of a millimeter of sea level rise,” he said, “it’s difficult to raise the issue for research funding.” You can generate revenue in the process as you can tag prices on the beach wind, per kilowatt hour.

Ten years in operation

Since the founding of the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium (VCERC), the Coastal Wind has been part of ODA’s role in the economic development of energy resources since 2006.

Headquartered in Odu, VCC from Virginia Tech, James Madison University, William and Mary, Norfolk State University, Hampton University, University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University.

A.D. In its final report in 2010, VCERC researchers reported that while carbon offset measures are expected to increase coal costs, new coastal wind farms may cost less energy than new coal-fired power plants.

VCERC has suggested that Virginia apply for research rental to conduct a demonstration project to generate energy from the coast of Virginia.

“Before that, no one suggested that coastal winds should be part of Virginia’s energy future,” said George Hagerman, senior project scientist at the Odyssey Beach Physical Ocean Center. That really inspired everything that happened since then.

At the time of the report’s release, Hagerman was a senior research associate at Virginia Tech. Overseas strengths, especially overseas wind, were part of the efforts in electrical engineering and ocean.

Hagerman In 2018, he joined the Faculty of Audio.

He was preceded in death by a voice from Virginia Legislature and Dominion Energy, a member of the ODI faculty, who died in January.

That work helped the Dominion CVOW project – the first beach wind farm in the United States.

Domion will install a two-turbine, 12-megawatt test project off the coast of Virginia in the summer of 2020. The facility is scheduled to begin construction on a large wind farm by 2024.

Supporting a new industry

As demand for coastal wind increased, it was difficult to continue to evaluate construction and operation plans for these massive infrastructure projects. This has created back plans for the Federal Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

During a meeting in February, US Senator Mark Warner suggested that Olsen Boom use a federal official to provide communications assistance for military infrastructure projects. The idea was reached between BOEM and Corps, which accelerated federal assessments of coastal wind farms.

“This is an AUDU contribution that will open up the industry between Cape Code and Cape Hateras,” Hagerman said.

As the Hampton Street business community strives to present itself as an attractive place for wind-powered businesses, the university is helping to build connections: a key to establishing a supply chain to support coastal wind development along the east coast.

In May, the Odyssey OpenSeas Technology Innovation Center, along with the Hampton Roads Alliance and the then Department of Mines, Mines and Energy, opened the Virginia Coastal Wind. The staff at the Norfolk World Trade Center, Virginia Beach, is a collaborative space for beach-related companies hoping to learn more about the area.

“It’s really a place where companies that explore the market on Hampton Road meet with resources, have a meeting place. [and] Catch events, ”says Smith.

He hopes to work with Audrey Jerry Krone to develop OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub, a program that will help small companies connect with federal agencies and overseas players in the overseas wind industry.

“We see the relationship with the audio as a way to increase creativity and leadership,” he said.

George Hagerman of Odiu Coast's Physical Ocean Geographic Center says the Dominion Energy Twin Turbine is a research ground.  Hagerman
George Hagerman of Odiu Coast’s Physical Ocean Geographic Center says the Dominion Energy Twin Turbine is a research ground. Hagerman

Research and Education

Hagerman was installed last summer as a rich twin-wind turbine to research all coastal winds in Virginia.

In the summer of 2020, AUDU, in partnership with William and Mary and James Madison University, won a $ 775,000 Department of Defense grant to support research to reduce the impact of wind farms on military training, readiness and research.

Hagerman and Olsen both have a long list of research topics that require financial support. Their goal is to find ways to reduce energy costs from offshore wind farms, reduce safety risks for people working on coastal wind projects, and reduce hazards to the coast.

Olson is actively seeking funding to extend the life of wind turbines, reduce the risk of wind farm maintenance workers using autonomous vehicles, and mobilize more energy for turbine design, placement and positioning.

“We want to work with the industry,” Olson said. We can solve business problems that reduce the cost of kilowatt hours.

Momentum along the coastal winds is also a challenge for manpower.

To that end, Centra College in Thomas Beach and Thomas Nelson and Tidweter Community Colleges have begun offering overseas wind technician training courses.

Rema McManus, a coastal wind programmer with the Odyssey Beach Physical Ocean Center, traveled to Martinsville in January to obtain a new turbine technician from the International Wind Agency.

“I wanted to know what the technicians were going through,” she says. The experience has opened the eyes to the fact that many of the skills already available in the Hampton Roads Workforce – the need to build cranes at the port – can be translated into beach winds.

According to Shawn Arrier, president and CEO of both Smith and Hampton Roads, the community can train staff in community colleges and technical schools for the construction of the windmill industry and technicians.

“We are building a new industry,” said Averry. “What about the management levels, the engineering standards, the manpower behind the companies? Then the audio will turn on. ”

Orlando Ayala, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is working on a proposal from the National Science Foundation to develop a postgraduate program that will train engineers in all areas of renewable energy: from coastal wind mechanics to business and geopolitical forces. It controls growth.

He has worked with colleagues on current and renewable energy projects in Virginia, including the Solar, Biomass, and Dominican Beach Wind Project, to facilitate energy and elementary education in the area.

The class began last summer. Ayala’s hope is to establish a clear pipeline for undergraduate and postgraduate students to enter the industry.

“We need to create courses that meet the needs of the industry,” he said.

At a glance


Old Dominion University was founded in 1930 as an extension of William and Mary and Virginia Tech. In 1962, the school became an independent college. Old Dominion began offering master’s degrees in 1964 and doctoral degrees in 1971. In 1969, the former Dominican University was renamed.


The old Dominion 335 hectare Norfolk Campus is bordered by the Elizabeth and Lafayette rivers. The school also operates regional higher education centers in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Hampton.


First degree: 19,372

Graduation – 4,804

Domestic: 21,360 (88%)

Global: 617 (2.5%)

11,620 students (49%)




901 Full time

Tuition and fees

$ 11,160 in tuition and fees in the state

Tuition and fees (outside the state);
$ 31,320

Class and board and other fees
$ 11,523

Average financial support was awarded
For those looking for a new full time
Assistance: $ 11,797

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