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Offshore wind enters deeper Maine testing Print E-mail
Efforts to make Maine a global leader in offshore wind power are moving ahead this spring on two fronts: A small model of the country's first floating wind turbine will be installed off Castine, and testing will escalate for a pilot wind park off Boothbay Harbor.

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UMaine offshore wind team engaged in international race to use lasers to gauge ocean wind speeds Print E-mail

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine is in the midst of an international race to develop a new system to measuring winds high above the oceans and advance the push for offshore wind power.

UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center is working on a buoy-based light detection and ranging system, or LiDAR, which it hopes to deploy in the Gulf of Maine by late May or early June, according the center’s director, Habib Dagher.

Read more: Bangor Daily News.

UMaine Developing Offshore Wind Turbines Print E-mail
University of Maine's Advanced Structures & Composites Center granted up to $4 million to fund offshore windmill projec.  Read More...
Maine Offshore Wind Project Gets Key Approval Print E-mail

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Norwegian energy giant Statoil gained key approval Thursday in its bid to build one of the nation's first offshore wind power projects off Maine's Boothbay Harbor.

The $120 million project would put four, three-megawatt wind turbines 12 miles off the coast on floating spar-buoy structures tethered to the seabed in 460 feet of water.

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The American Resistance Print E-mail
There’s a ski factory in Bangor, Maine. It’s not a big one. Chris Bagley, a recent graduate of UMaine Orono and longtime Sunday River and Sugarloaf skier, hopes to press 50 pairs of skis this year under his nascent Volition brand. Read more...
Could offshore wind change Maine's label as "worst state for business?" Print E-mail

On Dec. 12, the same day that Forbes Magazine slapped Maine with its third consecutive "worst state for business " tag, the U.S. Department of Energy deemed Maine a good place to invest in offshore wind energy development.  That recognition fuels hope that better economic fortunes can be found on the prevailing winds in the Gulf of Maine.  Read More ...

We Built This! Offshore Wind Power Gets Big Bucks From Joe Public Print E-mail

The U.S. Department of Energy has just issued a first round of funding to develop seven new demonstration offshore wind power projects in Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia. The initial grants of $4 million for each project will cover engineering, design, and permitting costs. If all goes well in Congress (nudge, nudge), after a review, only three will be chosen to receive an additional $47 million each, which will cover the costs of actually getting the turbines into the water. So, what do we get for all that dough?

Read more at http://cleantechnica.com

UMaine wins first phase of $93.2m deepwater floating offshore wind demonstration programme Print E-mail

The UMaine Composites Centre-led team of industry leaders and national laboratories is one of five awardees selected from over 70 competing proposals.

In this initial phase, each project will receive up to $4 million to complete the engineering, design and permitting phase of this award. In a year, DOE will select up to three of these projects for follow-on phases that focus on siting, construction and installation, and aim to achieve commercial operation by 2017. These projects will receive up to $47 million each over four years, subject to Congressional appropriations. Read more on reinforcedplastics.com

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