2 Maine Offshore Wind Demonstration Projects awarded funding from the US Department of Energy:

2 Maine Offshore Wind Demonstration Projects awarded funding from the US Department of Energy:
• Statoil North America of Stamford, Connecticut plans to deploy four 3-megawatt wind turbines on floating spar buoy structures in the Gulf of Maine off Boothbay Harbor at a water depth of approximately 460 feet. These spar buoys will be assembled in harbor to reduce installation costs and then towed to the installation site to access the Gulf of Maine's extensive deep water offshore wind resources.


• The University of Maine, based in Orono, plans to install a pilot floating offshore wind farm with two 6-megawatt direct-drive turbines on concrete semi-submersible foundations near Monhegan Island. These concrete foundations could result in improvements in commercial-scale production and provide offshore wind projects with a cost-effective alternative to traditional steel foundations.
The Doe announced awards for 7 US projects.


For more information on the full announcement go to:
http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-announces-new-investments-pioneering-us-offshore-wind-projects
For more details on all the project awards go to:
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wind/offshore_wind.html