News Wrap Up for February-March 2012

Penobscot Nation receives $1M federal grant toward wind development project               

 The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $1 million to the Penobscot Indian Nation that will help the tribe move forward in its attempt to install a 227-megawatt wind project in Alder Stream Township in Franklin County.


Maine company ready to install tidal power unit               

With its federal license in hand, a Maine-based tidal energy company is ready to install its underwater power system for the first time on the floor of the ocean.

Ocean Renewable Power Co. aims to begin installation of its first grid-connected power unit in mid-March at a 60-acre site in Cobscook Bay at the nation’s easternmost tip.

The first unit capable of powering 20 to 25 homes will be hooked up to the grid this summer, and four more units will be installed next year at a total cost of $21 million for the project, said Chris Sauer, president and chief executive officer of the Portland-based company.


Maine group moves toward early 2013 floating turbine launch

The DeepCwind consortium has requested proposals from vendors for supply of a wind turbine that will mounted on a pilot-scale prototype floating platform that it will build, deploy and begin testing in February 2013 in near-shore state waters off Maine.


Portland Middle School Students explore Wind Blade Design 

85 students from the King Middle School produced their versions of innovative wind blade design today. The students are exploring the physics and engineering of wind blade design through expedition learning. This is part of an entire program to learn about renewable energy issues.

Paul Williamson from the Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII) partnered with teacher Gus Goodwin to present a hands on learning project that allowed the students to design and create their own sets of wind blades. Students learned about the three basic elements of wind blade design: profile, Airfoil & Bernoulli's Principle, and pitch. Students also learned that the same elements that drive a wind turbine are those that allow airplanes to fly and sailing vessels to sail.

Portland students promote wind, solar energy 

Casco Bay High School junior Hellen Otto answers questions about her proposal to promote wind power with tax incentives during the "In the Black" symposium Friday, Feb. 9, at the Portland Public Library in Monument Square. Students presented proposals to panels of experts after spending several months researching and developing proposals for energy and environmental issues.