Written by Joshua Plourde Wednesday, 23 February 2011
ORONO, ME – The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center and the DeepCwind Consortium released the Maine Offshore Wind Report today. The report is available for download online at DeepCwind.org/offshorewindreport.
UMaine Prof. Habib Dagher is leading statewide efforts to develop the technology and infrastructure that will enable Maine to capitalize on deepwater offshore wind as an energy resource.
Funded by more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy and compiled by the University of Maine and the James W. Sewall Company, the report examines economics and policy, electrical grid integration, wind and wave, bathymetric, soil, and environmental research. It also includes summaries of assembly and construction sites, critical issues for project development and permitting.
Written by Peter Drown Monday, 14 February 2011
A team of interdisciplinary researchers from the DeepCwind Consortium attended the Maine Wind Energy Conference in Augusta January 24 and 25. The conference provided a forum to discuss milestones thus far to develop floating wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine. Researchers answered questions from interested stakeholders, briefed policy-makers and local media, and forged new alliances with state and national business leaders. The conference demonstrated a broad show of support for the DeepCwind Consortium. Newly elected legislators from both sides of the aisle stopped by the Consortium’s booth to voice their support for the project and to encourage the researchers involved in the day-to-day operations.
Perhaps most emblematic of the renewable energy leadership taken by the DeepCwind Consortium was an entire track on Tuesday devoted to offshore wind power in the Gulf of Maine, including an assortment of DeepCwind Consortium representatives addressing economic development, the results of a public opinion survey regarding wind energy, the offshore wind industry supply chain, permitting, and environmental considerations.
Written by Joshua Plourde Monday, 31 January 2011
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