Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering Lab

MaineBiz: Floating offshore wind is a new industry by Maine, for Maine

MaineBiz published a commentary by Dana Connors, President, Maine State Chamber of Commerce on February 10, titled, “Floating offshore wind is a new industry by Maine, for Maine.” The commentary discusses Maine’s unique opportunity to be a global leader in floating offshore wind using UMaine’s designed and patented VolturnUS technology. “The patented VolturnUS floating offshore […]

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ASCC Team with Paul Dabbar

Top U.S. Department of Energy Official Tours the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center

Orono, Maine: The Honorable Paul M. Dabbar, Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), toured the 100,000 ft2 University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC) and observed demonstrations showcasing ASCC’s world-leading research in green energy and materials. Under Secretary Dabbar observed UMaine’s VolturnUS floating concrete hull for a wind […]

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Diamond Offshore Wind, RWE Renewables join the University of Maine to lead development of Maine floating offshore wind demonstration project

Orono, Maine — The University of Maine will collaborate with New England Aqua Ventus, LLC (NEAV), a joint venture between Diamond Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of the Mitsubishi Corporation, and RWE Renewables, the second-largest company in offshore wind globally, to develop UMaine’s floating offshore wind technology demonstration project off the coast of Maine. As the […]

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The Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering Laboratory recognized as an official TEAMER facility

The TEAMER program aims to accelerate promising marine energy technologies by providing access to select U.S. testing facilities within its network The Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering Laboratory at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center is an official TEAMER (Testing Expertise and Access for Marine Energy Research) facility. TEAMER is a three-year, $16 […]

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UMaine receives new DOE funding to advance VolturnUS floating offshore platform

The University of Maine’s floating offshore wind technology demonstration project is one of two initiatives that have been awarded U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding. The two projects will share up to a total of $10 million to conduct additional innovation development to reduce offshore wind energy impact and cost. The funding announcement was made […]

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UMaine awarded nearly $1.4 million for transformational floating offshore wind energy technology

The University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center (UMaine Composites Center) has been awarded nearly $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, and will collaborate on a more than $1.5 million award to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, both focused on research related to transformational floating offshore […]

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Importance of UMaine Offshore Wind Project discussed during hearing, Secretary Perry calls UMaine an ‘integral partner’

During an Energy & Water Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing, U.S. Senator Susan Collins discussed the importance of offshore wind energy and extolled UMaine’s leadership in developing technology to efficiently harness this critical energy source. Collins said the following about the potential of offshore wind, as well as how UMaine is leading the development of offshore wind […]

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