Making History with VolturnUS

The DeepCWind Consortium, led by the University of Maine, made history on May 31 when it launched the first U.S. grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine, a 65-foot-high unit on a concrete-composite platform prototype called VolturnUS. At 1:8th the scale of a commercial installation, this project will collect data to validate and improve floating wind turbine designs, while helping to address technical barriers to greater offshore wind cost reductions. The design uses advanced materials that help reduce the overall cost of the system while ensuring high performance and efficiency. The guest speaker for this webinar was Dr. Habib Dagher, founding director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine. Dr. Dagher discussed VolturnUS platform prototype, its launch and progress to date, and how the project is supporting and growing the U.S. offshore wind industry through technological innovation. Dr. Dagher’s presentation was followed by an audience Q&A.

Wind Type: Offshore Wind
Author: Clean Energy Group/Clean Energy States Alliance
Publication Date: July 11, 2013
Topic: Siting and Technology
Resource Type: Webinar
File Type: Video
Geographic Focus: Maine
Keywords: DeepCWind Consortium, Floating Turbine, Maine, University of Maine
Prepared For: Offshore Wind Accelerator Project (OWAP)

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