Maine WInd News Wrap up for December 2011 - New Year



Plans for Maine’s first offshore wind turbine moving quickly

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A deep water wind farm off Maine’s coast moved closer to reality Thursday as state and federal officials got a more detailed look at a Norwegian energy company’s proposal.

Statoil North America Inc., a division of the Norwegian company Statoil ASA, submitted an application in October for a commercial lease to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for an area of ocean that’s about 22 square miles for full assessment of environmental impacts, sea bed conditions and wind speeds. The lease area is about 12 nautical miles offshore of the Boothbay area.


R.M. Beaumont Corp provides engineering solutions for global ocean energy market

Just four years out of school, Ryan Beaumont is the owner and founder of R.M. Beaumont Corp. in Brunswick.

Providing cutting technology, His firm has been involved in testing and development of the offshore wind turbines under development by a consortium of businesses and an experimental tidal energy project in Eastport, which is being led by Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. Beaumont and his employees have written one-of-a-kind software that helps coordinate the components of a larger mechanical system. Early success has resulted in to two factors: his firm’s unique dual capabilities in computer programming and mechanical engineering, and being small enough to respond to clients’ needs quickly.



2 Oxford County Wind Projects Go Online
Two wind turbine projects in Oxford County are operational and on schedule for completion by the end of 2011. Record Hill Wind LLC in Roxbury, which is a 50.6 megawatt project with 22 wind turbines, has commissioned almost all of its turbines and will complete its tests on the rest in a week or two.


Newport Fabrication to Provide TidGen Support Frame

Newport Industrial Fabrication Inc. has been selected as the fabricator for Ocean Renewable Power Company's TidGen bottom support frame.  This structure makes excellent use NIF’s space frame experience and coatings expertise.  With this project NIF expands their experience in tidal and wind energy development that will help reduce our need for fossil fuels in the future.

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First WindFloat Successfully Deployed Offshore

Principle Power, Inc. (Principle Power) and Energias de Portugal (EDP) announces the successful offshore deployment of a full-scale 2-megawatt (MW) WindFloat off the coast of Aguçadoura, Portugal. The project is the first offshore wind deployment worldwide which did not require the use of any heavy lift equipment offshore. All final assembly, installation and pre-commissioning of the wind turbine occurred on land in a controlled environment.

In parallel activities Principle Power is working with the University of Maine and the Maine Composites Alliance to develop advanced material application to their design to reduce cost, weight and improve life cycle efficiencies. These activities are supported through a grant from the Maine Technology Institute.




Coast Guard to study future of boat traffic, wind farms

In part to determine how planned offshore wind farms could affect maritime navigation, the U.S. Coast Guard is undertaking a large-scale study of government, commercial and pleasure boat traffic up and down the Atlantic coast.

While the Coast Guard routinely looks at vessel traffic on a port-by-port basis, the study that's now under way is the first to examine waters beyond port entrances, from Maine to Florida. The outcomes could be far-reaching, including recommendations for new international agreements or vessel-routing measures where none exists.


The Innovators in Maine Have Plans to Power the Entire State with Offshore Wind

Debates over new sources of energy revolve around trade-offs—and those tradeoff are becoming increasingly desperate. From “drill, baby, drill,” to fracking to the Alberta tar sands commentators tell us that we must accept dirtier and dirtier and riskier and riskier solutions to fulfilling our energy needs….

…What is the greatest opportunity to replace fossil fuels in this country? According to Dr. Habib Dagher of the Advanced Structures & Composites center, it’s offshore wind and Maine turns out to be in a sweet spot for wind energy.

He proposes to partner with and transform the Maine shipbuilding industry into a floating turbine industry. Simply put, the 300 ft tall towers can be built in dry docks at shipbuilding facilities and then floated out into position.

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Maine Wind Blade Challenge Experiences Record Growth in 2012

This year marks the fourth consecutive year for the Maine Wind Blade Challenge and record growth in participating schools. 65 teams registered from 28 Maine schools will compete to design and construct composite wind blades to be tested at U-Maine. With the growth over the 4 years the Wind Blade Challenge one of the most participated STEM events in the region.

The event is a collaborative effort that incorporates STEM guidelines in the classroom and applied composites and energy education in the field. Students are match up to work directly with Maine businesses to use advanced construction techniques to build their blades.