Title

"Powering up Maine," part one of a three-part series. Maine's deep coastal water

Authors

Sara Donnelly

Source

Mainebiz

Date

1-26-2009

Pages

1, 14-16

Abstract

"Powering up Maine," part one of a three-part series. Maine's deep coastal waters feature some of the world's fastest wind. A group called the Ocean Energy Institute wants to harness that energy with five offshore wind farms that would generate twice the peak energy load of the entire state. The group includes former governor Angus King; engineer Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Laboratory; former Harvard University business professor Wick Skinner; and Island Institute President Philip Conkling, among others. Shallow-water wind farms are already in operation, and a Norwegian company, Sway, is working to build a cost-effective wind turbine for ocean waters deeper than 200 feet. Habib Dagher is also in the race to develop a prototype. Obstacles besides the deep-water challenge, such as permitting and energy-grid capacity, remain to be tackled.

Subjects

Wind power, Ocean Energy Institute, Ocean energy resources

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