Associate Professor Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne, Maryland
Presentation Description: The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a HBCU, has deployed a 2.2 megawatt (MW) solar plant and will describe the technical and economic basis for its planned addition of a MW-scale wind turbine for a resilient microgrid sustainable energy system. Toward that goal a four-year long wind measurement campaign was recently completed on Delmarva Wind Energy Research Facility (UMES/DWERF). DWERF includes a 100-meter tall tower, fully instrumented at three levels for collecting meteorological data for wind energy research, for student training in wind resource assessment and an open source for use by the land-based and offshore wind energy industry as the only tall tower wind measurement system on central Delmarva Peninsula. The drivers and value of surprisingly high wind shear will be discussed along with diurnal patterns that are synergistic with solar. Measurements indicate that wind resources are viable for commercial-scale wind power for regional businesses and as a model for other HBCUs.