Signature Initiatives

Wind Energy Test (W.E.T.) Center Project

The Wind Energy Test (W.E.T.) Center Project is a signature initiative of Rutgers Climate and Energy Institute (RCEI). The effort includes two key components: (1) the preliminary design of a Net-Zero Wind Energy Test (WET) Center that could potentially be located near the Jersey Shore, and (2) development and implementation of a smaller WET Lab on the Rutgers – New Brunswick campus. The WET Center Project tackles the future of wind energy with a focus on validation of predictive models for floating offshore wind turbines, in return, addressing challenges in installation, transportation, and ultimately the cost of energy. This groundbreaking project is co-led by Dr. Onur Bilgen, an associate professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Dr. Josh Kohut, a professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences.

With an investment of $1.1 million from the Rutgers–New Brunswick Chancellor’s Office, the WET Center Project aims to position New Jersey as a global leader in the offshore wind energy sector. Collaboration among scholars from diverse disciplines will position Rutgers globally as a hub for multidisciplinary wind energy production. This collaborative approach not only supports New Jersey's vision of global leadership in offshore wind energy but also underscores Rutgers' commitment to addressing societal challenges through innovative research and education.

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NAWEA/ WindTech 2024: Premier Technical Conference on Wind Energy in North America

Please mark your calendars for the NAWEA / WindTech 2024 Conference, the premier technical event on wind energy in North America, hosted by Rutgers University, and co-organized by the New Jersey Academic Alliance for Offshore Wind (A2OSW)!

  • The all–inclusive event period is Oct. 28 (Mon) – Nov. 2 (Sat), 2024.
  • The main conference will take place Oct. 30 (Wed) – Nov. 1 (Fri), at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Side events will be on various Rutgers–New Brunswick locations (College Ave. and Busch campuses).

For more information, including abstract submission and registration information, follow the link below to visit the main page for the conference: