Maine Aqua Ventus, a floating wind-turbine project, gets a green light from state utility regulators – but challenges remain.
A 2-megawatt floating wind turbine begins operating off the southwest coast of Japan, while a project off Fukushima nears its own launch.
Statoil said it would abandon its plans to build an offshore, floating turbine project in Maine. The problem: A governor who kept putting up obstacles.
In Maine, the floating turbine VolturnUS 1:8 is turned on, generating the first offshore wind power in the United States.
The first floating wind turbine in U.S. history goes upright and onto the water in Brewer, Maine, on Friday, on its way to being put in place and connected to the grid.
Along with its floating turbine demo, the University of Maine will soon deploy a LIDAR-equipped buoy to measure wind speeds well above the water’s surface.
A 1:8 scale floating turbine is unveiled in Maine, and the plan is to have it in the water and sending power to the grid in less than a month.
An MIT concept would connect deep-water wind turbines to concrete spheres at the seafloor that would take advantage of hydrostatic pressure to store energy.
A 1-megawatt demonstration floating turbine called Winflo will be build this year and go in French waters in 2014, its developers say.
Floating wind turbines could very well be coming to the deep waters well off Maine’s coast after state regulators approve a Statoil pilot project.