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    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    OCEAN WIND STANDS UP TO WORST WEATHER

    Offshore wind turbine stands up to gusts, waves

    January 16, 2014 (FuelFix)

    “A scaled-down offshore wind turbine [built by the University of Maine] has withstood winter storms that included the equivalent of waves exceeding 70 feet, providing confidence that a full-scale version can handle the harshest weather that the North Atlantic can throw at it…The 65-foot-tall turbine deployed last summer…performed as engineers expected even as the waves exceeded the platform’s design limits…[They are now preparing] to build larger platforms and taller turbines…The university and its partners have formed a joint venture called Maine Aqua Ventus to build two larger units to be deployed nearly 15 miles off shore…[The long-term goal is] to create a 500-megawatt wind farm…” click here for more

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