Prototype offshore wind turbine launched in Maine

May 31, 2013 • Business

Habib Dagher, the Universty of Maine professor who heads the school’s Offshore Wind Laboratory, watches preparations for the launching of North America’s first floating wind turbine, Friday, May 31, 2013, in Brewer, Maine. The 9,000-pound prototype was lowered into the Penobscot River on its way to an offshore site. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

BREWER, Maine (AP) — North America’s first floating windmill that will produce power was ceremonially lowered Friday into the Penobscot River, the first big step in a process that could tap an offshore wind resource with a potential of 75 Hoover Dams.

The 65-foot-tall turbine is a prototype that’s one-eighth the size of a full-scale wind turbine the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center hopes to launch off Monhegan Island in 2016. The prototype floating turbine, called the VolturnUS, was built by the Cianbro construction company at its riverside site, near Bangor.

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