AEWC/DeepCwind launch offshore wind conference for state of Maine

The University of Maine’s (UMaine) AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center and the DeepCwind Consortium hosted the first annual Maine Deepwater Offshore Wind Conference on Oct. 19 at Point Lookout Resort in Northport, Maine.

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The University of Maine’s (UMaine) AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center and the DeepCwind Consortium hosted the first annual Maine Deepwater Offshore Wind Conference on Oct. 19 at Point Lookout Resort in Northport, Maine.

Conference session topics included deepwater offshore wind and economic development, responsible siting of deepwater offshore wind turbines, environmental and ecological monitoring activities at the University of Maine Deepwater Offshore Wind Test Site and deepwater floating wind turbine technology development. Attendees heard AEWC director Dr. Habib Dagher report that large offshore turbines, deployed 20 to 50 miles (32.2 to 80.5 km) out to sea, appear to be viable, given the abundant wind resources available in the Gulf of Maine. Given the favorable conditions, floating turbine designs and construction methods are said to be under development. Notably, a small-scale test wind turbine is scheduled for offshore deployment near Monhegan, Maine, in 2012.

The DeepCwind Consortium was established by UMaine’s AEWC in 2009 through a competitive grant program awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to advance renewable energy goals within the state of Maine.