Willett M Kempton
School of Marine Science & Policy
- A nationally renowned expert in two renewable energy fields: offshore wind power and electric cars/vehicles.
- Kempton pioneered vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. V2G vehicles work like an electrical sponge, capable of absorbing excess energy when demand for power is low and returning some back to the electric grid when the demand for power is high.
- Conducts research into offshore wind turbines as a source of energy. Focus includes the viability and efficiency of such offshore wind farms, as well as gauging public support and public opposition.
- Widely quoted by news outlets on proposed East Coast offshore wind farms off the coasts of Delaware and Cape Cod, amongst other locales.
Professor, School of Marine Science and Policy
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor, Public Policy & Administration
Research Director, Center for Carbon-free Power Integration
In The News:
Going green, making green (The National)
The cash-back car: NRG wants to buy electricricity from EV owners (Forbes.com)
Electric Cars Hit The East Coast Grid (AOL.com)
Vehicle-to-grid: A new spin on car payments (Miller-McCune)
The "Cash-Back Car": Danish EVs owners to sell power back to the grid (New York Times)
Why Electric Cars Will Fail... And Have Already Triumphed (Scientific American)
Offshore wind power line wins backing (New York Times)
Turbine generated research funds, energy for UD and community in first year
Limited range, long charging time concerns for potential electric vehicle customers
UD's V2G technology takes national stage
Congress considers bill on UD-developed V2G technology
UD professor testifies about offshore wind for legislative hearing
V2G car generates electricity and cash