Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center and leader of the DeepCwind Consortium, was featured in an episode of 207 on WLBZ (Channel 2). Dagher spoke about the consortium’s mission to establish Maine as a national leader in deepwater offshore wind technology. In May, the Advanced Structures and Composites Center launched VolturnUS 1:8, the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine to be deployed off the coast of North America.
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The Bangor Daily News spoke with Jeffrey Thaler, assistant university counsel and a visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics at the University of Maine, for the article titled “Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners to acquire 9 Maine dams.” Thaler said this will be the first time in a long time that one company has owned as much of the hydropower in Maine as Brookfield will and it shows the company’s commitment.
The University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation has been nominated for the Fusion Bangor Leadership and Vision Award. Jennifer Hooper, a UMaine graduate student and Foster Center tenant with her nonprofit Spark!, is also nominated for the award. The winner of the award will be announced at this year’s Fusion Bangor Extravaganza 7–10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Union Street Brick Church in Bangor. Ticket and event information are online. Fusion Bangor is the region’s networking group of young residents that works to connect the demographic to each other, engage with the community and transform the Bangor area into the preferred place to live, work and play in Maine.
The Portland Press Herald interviewed James McConnon, an economics professor at the University of Maine, for an article about Maine’s economy showing strength. McConnon said there are signs of improvement, especially in automobiles and building supplies, which are important sectors for consumer and small-business spending. He also said September and October retail sales figures will be the crucial test of consumer confidence because they will indicate whether the partial government shutdown slowed spending.
University of Maine College of Engineering Dean Dana Humphrey was quoted in an Associated Press article about Maine schools urging for support of the STEM education bond. Humphrey said that statewide the number of bachelor degrees in STEM-related fields increased by about 25 percent between 2007 and 2011. The San Francisco Chronicle and Daily Journal carried the report.
Jeffrey Thaler, University of Maine’s first visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics who also serves as assistant counsel to the university, spoke with the Associated Press for the article, “With Statoil’s exit, wind industry looks to UMaine.” Since Norwegian company Statoil decided to abandon its $120 million offshore wind pilot project in Maine, UMaine’s proposal became the only project under consideration for a state contract. Details of the proposal will soon be made public. Thaler said once the price of the project is released, he thinks Maine residents will see the “project is very competitive with what Statoil had previously negotiated with the commission.” The Houston Chronicle, NewsDaily, Boston.com and the San Francisco Chronicle were among organizations to carry the report.
Canadian Biomass reported on Pelletco LLC, a startup company in Orono, Maine with University of Maine roots, that is trying to convince midsize businesses in New England that they can save money by converting from heating oil to wood pellets without buying any fuel or equipment. Pelletco spun off from a UMaine effort to create a high-energy fuel pellet for industrial use by mixing plastic with wood. It won a $25,000 grant from the Maine Technology Institute last year to test the pellets for commercial production.
The Forecaster article titled “South Portland concert venue proposal could be firm in January” cited a study by Todd Gabe, an economics professor at the University of Maine. Gabe’s study found Bangor’s Waterfront Concerts have generated more than $30 million in local spending in the first three years of the series.
Gov. Paul LePage spoke about the University of Maine and its proposed offshore wind pilot project for an in-depth article on the governor by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. LePage, who is a UMaine alumnus, called the land grant university a “pretty good organization” and spoke about his preference for the institution over Norwegian company Statoil for the proposed project. Statoil pulled the plug on its $120 million offshore wind pilot project recently, leaving UMaine’s proposal as the only project being considered for a state contract. The Bangor Daily News, Sun Journal and Portland Press Herald also carried the report.
Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine, spoke with Engineering News Record about efforts by the UMaine-led DeepCwind Consortium to build a 12-MW offshore wind farm in the Gulf of Maine by 2017. Dagher, leader of the consortium, said VolturnUS 1:8, the floating test turbine the group deployed in June, has been performing “very well” with the team’s engineering predictions and is collecting important data. Mainebiz also reported on the consortium’s proposed offshore wind project in the article “Statoil’s departure leaves Maine with one offshore contender.”