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MBPS Featured in UMaine Today

“There’s a great deal of satisfaction knowing that something we developed and designed is being used and is helping to save lives,” says Paul Melrose, engineering manager at the Advanced Structures and Composite Center. The University of Maine’s Modular Ballistic Protection System saved lives inside the United States consulate during a September 2013 attack in […]

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Maine wind project gains key approval

An update to a story we told you about last week… an offshore wind energy project in Maine has received a key approval from state regulators. This article from CompositesWorld.com says the Maine Public Utilities Commission gave the go-ahead for the Maine Aqua Ventus project, a pilot offshore wind farm project designed to prove the feasibility of floating […]

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Maine Regulators to Vote on Offshore Wind Project

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) _ A panel of state regulators is poised to vote on a proposal to build a 12-megawatt wind project off the coast of Maine.The Maine Public Utilities Commission is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to grant initial approval for a state contract to the University of Maine and its partner companies, […]

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Maine clears 12MW offshore demo

The 12MW Maine Aqua Ventus offshore wind project cleared a critical hurdle today when state regulators approved a term sheet for a long-term energy contract. The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted 2-to-1 to accept the proponent’s bid to produce an estimated 43,000MWh/year at a price of 23 cents/kWh. The price shall increase 2.25% annually for […]

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A turning point for offshore wind energy?

Cape Wind is probably the most famous wind farm in the United States, which is especially telling because it doesn’t exist. Its planned 130 turbines in Massachusetts’ Nantucket Sound have been controversial enough to receive national attention — both supporting and opposing the project — ever since developers announced it in 2001. After years of […]

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USA: Maine Aqua Ventus Releases Public Version of MPUC Proposal

Maine Aqua Ventus GP LLC released yesterday the public version of its proposal to develop a groundbreaking offshore wind project in the Gulf of Maine, called Maine Aqua Ventus I. This follows the last-month’s ruling by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC), according to which Maine Aqua Ventus should release some of the details on its offshore […]

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Maine Aqua Ventus GP LLC Releases Public Version of MPUC Proposal

This morning, Maine Aqua Ventus GP LLC released the public version of its proposal to develop a groundbreaking offshore wind project in the Gulf of Maine, called Maine Aqua Ventus I. Maine Aqua Ventus I is the state’s only still-active offshore wind opportunity and is competing nationally against projects in five other states for grant funding […]

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Generating electric power courtesy of the sea

(CBS News) NEW YORK – As we head into another season of air conditioning bills, there’s an alternative source of energy picking up speed: harnessing wind power. One pilot program which is off the ground and out to sea. With a christening on the Penobscot River, VolturnUS was launched — the nation’s first floating turbine […]

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First Floating Wind Turbine In The U.S. Deploys In Maine

The first floating wind turbine in U.S. history went upright and onto the water in Brewer, Maine, on Friday, on its way to being put in place and connected to the grid off the coast near the town of Castine. The 65-foot-tall VolturnUS 1:8 prototype is a small-scale model of the giant 6-megawatt turbines the University of Maine’s Advanced […]

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Maine Makes Waves with America’s ‘First’ Offshore Floating Wind Turbine

The first grid-connected offshore floating wind turbinein the United States is now afloat, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The concrete-composite floating platform wind turbine was deployed off the coast of Castine, Maine by a team led by the University of Maine. Learn more, here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2013/06/03/maine-makes-waves-with-americas-first-offshore-floating-wind-turbine/

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