Prototype offshore wind turbine launched in Maine

BREWER, Maine (AP) What's called the first grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine in North America is being launched.

The 65-foot-tall turbine being deployed Friday is a prototype that's one-eighth the size of a full-scale wind turbine the University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center hopes to launch in 2016. The new floating turbine, called the VolturnUS, was built by the Cianbro construction company at its site, near Bangor.

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