UMaine awarded $3 million grant for offshore wind testing facility

University of Maine's Advanced Engineering and Wood Composites Center will use money to purchase equipment for its offshore wind testing facility.

The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine, USA) reported on Aug. 30 that The University of Maine’s (Orono, Maine, USA) Advanced Engineering and Wood Composites Center has been awarded a $3 million grant to purchase equipment for its offshore wind testing facility.

According to the report, the Economic Development Administration grant will allow the facility to purchase robotics equipment, said Habib Dagher, director of the wood composites center. The robotics will create composite materials with a precision and speed that can’t be matched by existing technology, Dagher said. Those composites will be used in turbine blades, towers and bases.

The robotics will take about 16 months for an outside group to develop, build and install at the wind facility, Dagher told the newspaper. The Offshore Wind Lab opens officially in November. Soon after, the facility will begin testing the first wind turbine blade.

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