A buoy has been fitted with sensors as part of a viability test to determine if a wind farm can be built off the coast of the US.
Data being collected over two years, including measurements of wind speed, air temperature and barometric pressure, will be a "precursor" for the construction of wind energy installation ten miles from the shore of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
In addition, the sensors will monitor marine animals such as dolphins and whales, the Press of Atlantic City reports.
Fishermen's Energy, a community wind power organisation, was formed by a consortium of bosses from fishing companies on the country's east coast.
The organisation's president Dan Cohen suggested that a larger installation offshore could be Atlantic City's equivalent to the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Fisherman's Energy received $4 million (£2.6 million) from New Jersey's state board to help finance the renewable energy project.