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With Global Ambitions, Rutgers Engineers and Scientists Launch Wind Energy Research Center

Rendering of the WET Center
A rendering of the interior of the proposed WET Center, where scholars from a variety of academic fields will explore the science and technology underpinning next-generation wind energy production.
The S/L/A/M Collaborative

January 12, 2024

A Rutgers research project focused on offshore wind energy is poised to make New Jersey a global leader in the field in a little more than a decade.

The effort being launched by Rutgers researchers includes two key components: the design of a so-called Net-Zero Wind Energy Test (WET) Center, a warehouse-sized testing facility to be potentially located somewhere close to the Jersey Shore; and the creation of a much smaller WET Lab, which will be located on the Rutgers University–New Brunswick campus.

The new venture, which aims to address scientific and engineering challenges in testing a floating offshore wind turbine, will position Rutgers at the center of what is expected to be one of the most ambitious wind power research projects in the United States. 

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