The University of Maine will collaborate with New England Aqua Ventus, LLC in a floating offshore wind demonstration project

Thursday, August 06, 2020 11:34 AM | Joseph Brown (Administrator)
  • The demonstration project will consist of a single semi-submersible concrete floating platform that will support a commercial wind turbine (10-12 MW).

    • The floating hull technology (VolturnUS) was developed by UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

    • After winning funds from the US DOE and creating a successful prototype, UMaine and NEAV will move forward with this commercial scale project

      • UMaine will license its VolturnUS floating hull technology to NEAV

  • Positioned 14 miles off the coast of Maine

  • Objectives:

    • Further evaluate the floating technology;

    • Monitor environmental factors and;

    • Develop best practices for offshore wind to coexist with traditional marine activities. 

  • Construction is expected to be completed in 2023
  • The full press release can be found here: FINAL NEAV release not embargoed PDF Aug 5 2020.pdf

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