Maine University floats offshore wind turbine prototype

The University of Maine‘s Advanced Structures and Composites Center is launching a floating wind turbine prototype off the coast of Maine.

The 65-foot tall wind turbine is 1/8 the scale of a 6 MW, 423-foot rotor diameter design. It uses a floating hull and tower design, the university said in a release.

The center partnered with industry leaders to invest in a 12 MW, $96 million pilot farm that will be deployed over the summer in preparation for connecting the first full-scale unit to the grid in 2016.

This story was originally published by Power Engineering online. It is republished with permission.

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