The ocean's powerful winds make the coast an ideal location for a wind turbine. Ironically, it's that ocean air that presents a challenge to any turbine on or near the sea. The moist, salty air combined with a turbine's metallic materials can result in corrosion, a destructive process able to bring any power-generating source to a halt.

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The University of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) have created a new avenue to connect science with resource management by launching a series of workshops where environmental academicians and regulators can share current research and discuss research needs.

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Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will be the featured speaker in the DENIN Dialogue Series at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, in Clayton Hall.

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The University of Delaware Sustainability Task Force is seeking two undergraduate students and two graduate students to join the task force co-chairs -- John Madsen and Kathleen Kerr -- at the ACPA Sustainability Institute in Boulder, Colo.

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Creating environmentally friendly high technology jobs for Delawareans was the focus of the "Creating the Clean Energy Economy" conference, held Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 13-14, at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall.

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Research Centers at UD

The UD community is committed to furthering the knowledge base upon which sustainable practices can be developed.

Following are UD centers working on issues related to sustainability issues:

University of Delaware Energy Institute. Marshals and expands science, engineering and public policy expertise in new and emerging energy technologies in cooperation with partners in industry and government.

Center for Energy and Environmental Policy. Interdisciplinary graduate education, research, and advocacy in energy and environmental policy.

Center for Climatic Research. Interdisciplinary research in all facets of climatology, bringing together scientists from around the world.

Center for Managed Ecosystems. A focus on redesigning human-dominated ecosystems to maximize biodiversity, and thus ecosystem productivity and sustainability.

Center for Applied Coastal Research. A focal point for research in coastal processes and coastal engineering.

Delaware Environmental Institute, DENIN. The mission of DENIN is "to provide solutions to pressing environmental needs and produce strategies to address emerging environmental challenges by conducting research and promoting and coordinating knowledge partnerships that integrate environmental science, engineering and policy."

Delaware Water Resources Center. Works actively with other universities, agencies and organizations in Delaware to develop a statewide program designed to resolve state and regional water related problems.

Fuel Cell Research Laboratory. The laboratory is focused on hydrogen PEM fuel cells and direct methanol fuel cells.

Gerald J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy. Conducts a broad range of research and policy studies on the management of ocean and coastal areas at national, regional and global scales.

Institute for Energy Conversion. Conducts leading-edge research in photovoltaics.

Institute for Public Administration. Links the research and resources of the University with the policy information and management needs of its partners.

Water Resources Agency. Provides technical assistance for water resources and watershed policy and to governments in Delaware and the Delaware Valley.