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UMaine Developing Offshore Wind Turbines

Habib Dagher, the director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, is busy planning the first phase of a “potential $93.2 million deepwater offshore wind demonstration project by the U.S. Department of Energy.The DOE held a competition to screen proposals for clean energy that would jumpstart wind farms in the United States. Seventy competitors submitted proposals for a chance […]

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UMaine, NRG Systems, AWS Truepower, Leosphere form wind energy R&D partnership

The University of Maine’s (UMaine) Advanced Structures and Composites Center (Orono Maine) announced Oct. 18 a partnership intended to gather measurements of wind activity at “hub height” (that is, at a distance above the water equal to the height of the rotor on an offshore wind turbine) in deepwater locations in the Gulf of Maine. […]

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Floating Offshore LIDAR System Planned For Gulf Of Maine

The University of Maine’s (UMaine) Advanced Structures and Composites Center, NRG Systems Inc., AWS Truepower LLC, UMaine’s Physical Oceanography Group and Leosphere SAS have established a research and development partnership to gather deepwater hub-height wind measurements in the Gulf of Maine.UMaine will design and build a floating system to house a modified WINDCUBE v2 offshore LIDAR […]

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How landing on Mars helps Maine businesses and students

Almost anyone would be impressed by the technological achievement it took to hurl an SUV-sized projectile 352 million miles through space, on a flight lasting 36 weeks, and have it land safely and at the correct time and place on Mars. But they might not see the local applications of NASA’s space exploration. Monday’s landing reminds […]

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Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s Offshore Wind Laboratory Awarded Prestigious LEED Gold Green Building Certification

Orono, MAINE – The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center the LEED Gold certification for its newly constructed Offshore Wind Laboratory. This is the first LEED Gold‐certified building on the University of Maine campus. “This reflects our steadfast commitment to sustainable development as we continue to […]

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‘Bridge-in-a-Backpack’ hits milestone

ORONO, Maine — The “Bridge-in-a-Backpack” technology developed at the University of Maine and licensed to an Orono startup company has received a key approval that could speed its commercial adoption. The Bridge-in-a-Backpack was more than a decade in development at UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. The technology is an innovative inflatable composite-concrete arch bridge that can reduce construction […]

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UMaine Wind Turbine Test Lab Complete

The new wind turbine blade test lab at the 37,000-foot expansion of the University of Maine AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center in Orono is complete and equipment testing is currently under way, according to Paul Melrose, the project manager for research and development. The lab equipment is being calibrated and tested, with commercial clients […]

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Offshore wind turbine research in Maine gets boost

ORONO — A $3 million federal grant to a University of Maine research center will be used for another piece of the puzzle in building windmills to harness the bountiful winds off Maine’s coast to produce energy. Habib Dagher of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center said the center will use the money for a […]

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Secretary of the Interior Visits University of Maine

Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar visited the University of Maine after being invited by Senator Susan Collins.His visit was to help him learn more about the offshore wind technology being developed at UMaine.They both agree, Maine is leading the way.” We have in fact the best wind resource of any coastal state.”Secretary Salazar toured […]

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