Equinor, NYU Tandon, others form wind-industry R&D hub
Equinor is developing wind-turbine assembly hub here
Equinor, together with its partner BP, announced on Thursday the launch of a New York-based Offshore Wind Innovation Hub that will facilitate partnerships with start-ups and bring new technological solutions to the rapidly growing U.S. offshore wind industry.
The initiative springs from a new three-year partnership between Equinor, the Urban Future Lab (UFL) at the Brooklyn-based NY Tandon School of Engineering, and the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium (NOWRDC), supported by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).
Equinor is the company that was chosen by NYCEDC to develop a wind-turbine assembly facility at the now-underused South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Turbines assembled here will be shipped to the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind sites, both off the coast of Long Island, according to the Equinor website.
The new Innovation Hub will leverage the success of NY Tandon’s Urban Future Lab in promoting and helping the launch of cleantech start-ups, fostering collaboration with the international incubator community to cultivate pilots and demonstration projects that accelerate advances in offshore wind.