Maine Ocean & Wind News Wrap Up, May-June 2013

First US floating wind turbine launched in Maine- with a patented Maine design
The launching of America’s first floating wind turbine, which is also the world’s first composite/concrete platform and the world’s first composite ocean windmill tower, included a christening of VolturnUS with members of the DeepCWind Consortum, Maine’s Congressional Delegation and project director, Dr. Habib Dagher.

Watch the June 5th Webinar presentation of the VolturnUS floating wind project by Dr. Habib Dagher
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First Wind Proposes largest in New England for Maine
First Wind, the Boston-based company that operates five wind farms in Maine, has submitted an application to build a wind farm north of Skowhegan. If approved, it would be New England’s largest.
First Wind on May 10 submitted an application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to build a 62-turbine wind farm in Somerset and Piscataquis counties, according to David Fowler, First Wind’s director of development for New England.
ORPC Maine Tidal energy Project Makes the Cover of Popular Science
UMaine Deploys Floating LIDAR Technology
The University of Maine's (UMaine) Advanced Structures and Composites Center unveileda buoy-based floating LIDAR system to collect deepwater offshore hub height wind measurements in the Gulf of Maine.

Together with NRG Systems, AWS Truepower, UMaine's Physical Oceanography Group (PhOG) and Leosphere SAS, the university established a research and development partnership last October to gather deepwater hub-height wind and other metocean measurements in the Gulf of Maine. UMaine has designed a floating system to house a modified WINDCUBE Offshore LIDAR Remote Sensor, which has been adapted for a dynamic marine environment.
Global Floating Wind Technology Report Update Released
The May 2013 update of Main(e) International Consulting report ‘Floating Offshore Wind Foundations: Industry Consortia and Projects in the United States, Europe and Japan’ is now available.
The past 7 months since the September 2012 report update have been marked by multiple news releases and progress reports. The new version therefore includes many new images as well as updated information for the majority of projects and some new projects have also been added.
First Wind Awards 16 Scholarships In Six States
First Wind has announced that 16 scholarships have been awarded to college-bound students as part of the 2013 First Wind Scholars program. The awardees reside in communities where the company currently has a project in operation or an advanced stage of development. The 2013 recipients were selected from applicants and represented project host communities in Hawaii, Maine, New York, Utah, Vermont and Washington. A total of $65,000 in scholarships  will be committed, notes First Wind.
Camden Hills wind project lifts students to international competition in Sweden
Five students and two advisers from Camden Hills Regional High School will be flying to Sweden next week fueled by a wind power project that’s caught international attention.
The student group, known as the Windplanners, was selected as one of seven teams worldwide, and the only from the United States, to attend the Volvo Adventure Awards in Sweden.
“It’s definitely amazing to have the opportunity to not only represent your community, your school, your state and your country but to advocate for wind power and renewable energy,” said Camden Hills senior Eliot Grigo.
Maine Wind developers take proactive steps to insure fire safety.
On May 29th a fire safety meeting & exercise included First Wind, Vestas, First Responders from the Towns of Eastbrook, Hancock, Cherryfield, Aurora, Waltham, Osborn, and Franklin, Maine State Police, Hancock County  Sheriff’s office, Ambulance Service, Maine DEP, Maine Game Warden, Maine Forest Service and Washington County EMA.
Participants noted that while they take fire safety with wind projects seriously, wind projects present a small threat in regards to the many activities carried out in Maine’s North Woods and remote areas.
The Me DEP has expressed interest in reviewing wind turbine fire safety in response to the recent turbine fire at Kibby Mountain wind project. The fire was easily contained and did not threaten surrounding areas.
Fair winds for offshore wind farms
Despite economic and political uncertainties, weakening investments, grid connection issues and a dip in the U.S. onshore wind energy market, offshore wind around the world continues its momentum.
“We’ve got some challenges, including the need for floating turbines, costly grid connections and the current low wholesale price of power that we’re competing against,” reports Paul Williamson, director and industry coordinator of the Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII, Portland, Maine). “But, we’re confident that cost savings can come from a floating foundation concept.”
Maine in Leadership Role at Energy Ocean International
The State of Maine will have another strong showing that the annual Energy Ocean International Conference to be held in Providence Rhode Island next week, June 10-12. Maine has developed a reputation of global leadership through this conference. The development of offshore wind and tidal technologies, plus the technical strength from Maine businesses has enhanced the state’s reputation as an industry leader.
For the third year in a row, the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative will organize a Maine Industry Pavilion at the conference. Within the pavilion 12 companies will be exhibiting: Pole Star Marine, Kenway Corp., RM Beaumont Corp., Cianbro, Reed& Reed, Maine Maritime Academy, SGC engineering, SMD/Blue Water Dynamos, Statoil, Maritime Applied Physics Corp., Custom Composites, Namandeau Associates.
Maine will also be heavily represented through industry expertise with technical presentations provided by: Jessica Jansujwicz, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maine; Tom Twist, Sustainability Officer, Chewonki Foundation; Paul Williamson, Director of the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative; Kathryn Williams, Wildlife and Renewable Energy Program Director, Briloon Biodiversity Research Institute; Suzanne MacDonald, Community Energy Director, Island Institute; James Monroe, Director of Products & Processes, Blue Water Dynamos.
For more information contact:
Paul Williamson,
Director and Industry Coordinator
Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative
PO Box 129
511 Congress Street
Portland, Maine, 04112