We continue our Earth Week celebration, talking with faculty members from the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.
Did you know that off-shore wind farms could lessen the effect of a hurricane when it comes ashore?
That’s one of the topics we discussed with Associate Professor Cristina Archer, an expert on the use of wind energy and on the policy issues surrounding the use of wind power. She has published multiple studies about the viability of and the effects of wind power and has worked with the US Department of Energy.
During the interview, we talk about the current state of wind energy in the United States, Prof. Archer’s experiences studying it, and what sort of advances have been made in recent years from both social and engineering points of view. We also discuss how wind turbines work, what potential still remains untapped–especially in the northeastern United States–and we discuss and dispel some common misconceptions that people have about wind power.
Listen to the Interview
Cristina Archer, CEOE
About our Guest
Cristina Archer is an associate professor of Physical Ocean Science and Engineering from the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment. Her research interests include renewable energy, wind power, meteorology, climate change, air quality, and numerical modeling of atmospheric processes. She has studied the effects of offshore wind turbines on wind and storm surges during hurricanes and teaches about meteorology, physical ocean sciences, and engineering.
- College of Earth, Ocean and Environment home page
- UD’s Center for Carbon-free Power Integration
- UD Wind Turbine
- UD Special Initiative on Offshore Wind
- Cristina Archer’s webpage
- Interview for The Pulse of WHYY
- High-altitude wind turbines have potential to generate large amounts of electricity (UDaily, Teresa Messmore, 4/10/14)
- Offshore wind turbines could weaken hurricanes, reduce storm surge (UDaily, Teresa Messmore, 2/26/2014)
- New wind energy research focuses on turbine arrangement, wind seasonality (UDaily, Teresa Messmore, 10/30/2013)
- Experts explore future of wind energy research in two-day symposium at UD (UDaily, Teresa Messmore, 3/5/2013)