A Sea Change May Come to Maryland Through a New Offshore Wind Partnership

As the US attempts to catch up to Europe’s offshore wind production, two Baltimore-based, top-tier research universities have partnered to provide — in part — educational training.

“There’s nothing quite like what we’re doing now nationally,” said Ben Schafer, founding director of the Ralph S. O’Connor Sustainability Energy Institute (ROSEI) at Johns Hopkins University. “It’s the first of this scale for sure.”

The “it” to which Schafer refers is a center, developed as a partnership between researchers at ROSEI and nearby Morgan State University, to bolster the offshore wind industry. The collaboration is part of a recently launched national effort called the Academic Center for Reliability and Resilience of Offshore Wind (ARROW), which is led by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and includes about 40 other institutional partners.