BUZZARDS BAY — A group of staff and cadets at Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been awarded a $65,000 state grant toward an ongoing study of offshore wind technology.
The grant, announced Thursday by the Baker-Polito administration, is funded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The grant is one of 18 early-stage clean energy projects in the state being awarded a total of $1.7 million.
Farzam Maleki, Gail Stephens and three cadets at the academy hope to rework how wind turbine piles are installed in the ocean, Maleki said.
The majority of offshore wind turbines are attached to a pile that is driven into the ocean bed, which causes environmental issues and other disturbances, Maleki said. The piles also are difficult to take out and are often cut and left on the ocean bed when turbines meet the end of their usable life.
Maleki’s team is working on a way to use pressure applied by suction buckets at the bottom of the piles as a way of holding down the turbines, which members say could lessen environmental impacts.
The group began its work upon first receiving the grant in August, Maleki said. The project is still in the conceptual phase, but the team hopes to build one or two modules on a smaller scale by the end of the year, he said.
“Massachusetts Maritime Academy is always trying to involve our students in research,” Maleki said. By doing so, he said, students “know how an idea can get all the way to a product.”