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 turbine called VolturnUS 1:8 is 1/8 the scale of a 6 MW, 423-foot rotor diameter design. It uses a unique floating hull and tower design and is the first of its kind in the world, 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.
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