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Advance Structures and Composite Center at UMO. This department, operating under the creative vision of Dr. Habib Dagher, has developed several other products include Bridge in a Backpack and lightweight bullet proof panels.
VolturnUS is the first deep sea wind turbine to be deployed in U.S. Waters. It's scheduled to spend the next month stationed off Dyce's Head in Castine. Then it will be headed to deeper water beyond Vinalhaven. Along with VoturnUS, this monitoring buoy will be placed on the water. It uses lasers to detect wind speed 600 feet above the ocean surface.
offered support for this project. Dr. Dagher and the Advance Structures and Composite Center bring great positive energy to the Bangor region. As Peter Vigue, CEO of Cianbro says, "Why not Maine?"
I really want to see it in motion and listen for the sound of the turbine spinning. So we'll probably be headed to Castine again. After all, there's nothing more invigorating then being out in the kind of water your boat is built to handle.
*to make ant flavored water just grab an empty plastic bottle and fill it half way. About a mile or two from home check the bottle and discover a large ant floating in. Worry about what the presence of a carpenter ant inside you house indicates, and try to avoid drinking the insect.
A few articles on the turbine and its associated buoy. (Someone there at the Advance Structures and Composite is pretty good with publicity.)
Ecogeek.org First US Floating Turbine Launched
Forbes Maine Makes Waves
New York Times A New Way to Harvest Wind Energy
Bangor Daily News UMaine shows off new buoy