University of Maine gets more funding for floating platform

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2019

The University of Maine is getting more federal funding for a floating platform to support up to a 12-megawatt wind turbine.

The grant, announced Wednesday, is expected to be worth about $5 million for UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

The center already has developed smaller floating hulls to support 6-megawatt turbines to be placed off the coast of Monhegan Island. That pilot project, dubbed Aqua Ventus, is viewed as a major test for floating wind turbine technology.

Daniel Simmons, assistant secretary for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, made the new funding announcement Wednesday during the American Wind Energy Association Offshore WINDPOWER Conference in Boston, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Offshore wind power projects stalled under former Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

But Democratic Gov. Janet Mills directed the Maine Public Utilities Commission to approve a contract to get the project back on track.