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Join representatives from the Maine Aqua Ventus project, who are working to develop a clean, renewable energy source off Maine’s shores.
For more than 10 years, UMaine has led development of the patented VolturnUS floating concrete hull technology that can support wind turbines in water depths of 150 feet or more, and has the potential to significantly reduce the cost of offshore wind.
Maine Aqua Ventus I, GP, LLC, is leading a demonstration project called New England Aqua Ventus I, a 12 MW floating offshore wind pilot project to develop a clean, renewable energy source off Maine’s shores.
This demonstration project will deploy two 6 MW turbines on VolturnUS, the floating concrete semi-submersible hull designed by UMaine, south of Monhegan Island. Each floating hull/turbine is held in position by three marine mooring lines securely anchored to the seabed, with the electrical generation connected by subsea cable to the Maine power grid on shore.
Maine’s manufacturing heritage was built on local power. Successfully harnessing offshore wind will contribute to the transformation of Maine’s energy sector to renewable sources, and keep our energy dollars in our state. Offshore wind is Maine’s largest natural resource, with more than 156 GW off of our coast. The entire state of Maine uses 2.4 GW each year.
The talk is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP).