Written by Joshua Plourde Wednesday, 29 May 2013
General Event Information:
The University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center's launch of VolturnUS 1:8, the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine to be deployed off the coast of North America, will be held at Cianbro, 517 South Main Street, Brewer, Maine on May 31, 2013. This event begins at 11 am and lasts until 1 PM.
The VolturnUS technology is the culmination of over five years of collaborative R&D conducted by the University of Maine-led DeepCwind Consortium. The DeepCwind Consortium Research Program is a unique public-private partnership funded by the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation-Partnerships for Innovation, the Maine Technology Institute, the State of Maine, the University of Maine, and over 30 industrial partners. Data acquired during the 2013 deployments off Castine, Maine, will be used to optimize the design of UMaine’s patent-pending VolturnUS floating wind turbine system. The program goal is to reduce the cost of offshore wind to 10 cents/kWh by 2020, in order to compete with other forms of electricity generation without subsidies. This launch celebrates an important milestone in the development of a cost-effective, job-creating, innovative U.S. offshore wind technology.
To download the draft agenda for May 31st, please click here. (PDF, 268 KB)
To generate Google Maps driving directions to Cianbro Constructors, please click here (redirects to Google Maps website) and enter your starting address.
To download a press release for the VolturnUS launch, please click here (PDF, 197 KB).
Please contact Elizabeth Viselli to request a press pass (contact information follows).
To download our full press kit for the VolturnUS launch, please click here. This press kit includes the press release, photos of the VolturnUS 1:8, and photos of the May 31st launch celebration*.
*Photos of the launch celebration will be available in this press kit after 2 PM, May 31st, 2013.
Elizabeth Viselli, Manager, Offshore Wind Programs and Global Communications
Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine
Email: elizabeth.viselli (at) umit.maine.edu
Mobile: (207) 907-6962
Written by Joshua Plourde Wednesday, 29 May 2013To download the full Navigation Safety Plan for the VolturnUS 1:8-scale, please click here. (PDF, 6.4 MB)
This document represents the Navigational Safety Plan for the deployment and operation of a 1:8 scale wind turbine on a floating offshore platform at the UMaine Offshore Wind Test Site located in Castine, Maine. This is a revision of a plan by Capt. Derek Chase submitted on December 7, 2010, for the UMaine Deepwater Offshore Wind Test Site off of Monhegan Island. The original plan was for deployment of up to two 1:3-scale floating wind turbine systems, while this revised plan has been updated to meet the requirements of the single 1:8-scale floating wind turbine system for deployment at Castine. This plan is required for permitting under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) General Permit. The Navigation Safety Plan includes consideration of State and Federal requirements.
Written by Joshua Plourde Monday, 13 May 2013
Energy Ocean International is right around the corner – have you reserved your spot?
Seats are filling up FAST and you don't want to miss out on hot topics such as:
- Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion: Economic Feasibility for Electricity Generation
- Pinnacles for Success: Adaptive Management and Stakeholder Engagement
- National and Regional Ocean Policy Development
- Technology Roundtable: What’s New for Ocean Energy
Swing by our booth, say hello, and learn about our most recent advances in deepwater offshore wind technology June 10-12th in RI!
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