The University of Maine will hold three public meetings in Friendship, Bristol and Port Clyde to share updates on the planned 12-megawatt offshore wind demonstration project by Maine Aqua Ventus GP LLC.
The meetings, from 6–8 p.m., will be held: Nov. 12, Friendship Town Office; Nov. 14, Bristol Consolidated School; and Nov. 25, Herring Gut Learning Center, Port Clyde. Moderating the meetings will be Maine Sea Grant Director Paul Anderson.
Community members interested in learning more about the offshore wind demonstration project are urged to attend.
The Associated Press, Renewable Energy News, Bangor Daily News and Mainebiz reported the University of Maine and its partner companies have released additional details about their offshore wind project proposal. Maine Aqua Ventus released information about plans to supply power directly to Monhegan Island. Jeffrey Thaler, assistant university counsel and a visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics at UMaine, told the AP the project aims to provide power to the island where residents currently have high energy costs due to their reliance on generators. Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, said the proposal highlights the university and its partner companies’ strong approach that they believe gives them a good shot at winning a $46 million federal energy grant. The Boston Herald, Sun Journal, WLBZ (Channel 2), Tri-City Herald, Miami Herald, Recharge News, Portland Press Herald and Bloomberg Businessweek were among organizations to carry the AP report. The BDN also published an editorial on the project and Before it’s News mentioned the project in the article “Offshore wind experiences its best growth in 2013.”
The Bangor Daily News reported officials connected to the University of Maine’s offshore floating wind turbine will meet with residents of three coastal towns — Friendship, Bristol and Port Clyde — to outline early plans for a power transmission line that might pass through one of their communities in the future. Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, said UMaine representatives will present possible locations of where the line could come ashore and that research is continuing to determine a location. He added the line is a “fairly small transmission line, not too different from what you’d see on a utility pole.”
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.
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.
Larry Parent, assistant director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, is scheduled to speak at the Penobscot Marine Museum’s history conference Nov. 2 at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, according to The Maine Edge. The “Fish, Wind and Tide: Maine’s Future Resources?” conference will bring together experts to discuss the past and future of resources in the state.
The Maine Edge reported a new study by a University of Maine-led research team found a decline in renal function in early stages of kidney disease is associated with stiffening of the arteries, which is a risk for stroke and dementia. Team leader Merrill Elias, UMaine professor of psychology and cooperating professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, determined worsening kidney function is associated with higher pulse wave velocity (PMC) values that create higher levels of arterial stiffness in the heart and brain.
President Paul Ferguson wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Why UMaine deserves your vote.” The president urged voters to support Question 2 on Nov. 5. He wrote the bond issue is designed to enhance educational and employment opportunities for Maine students and residents. If approved, the bond will provide $15.5 million to the University of Maine System — $5.5 million to UMaine — for renovations and improvements to existing laboratory and classroom facilities. The BDN also published an editorial titled “Yes on Question 2: Why $15.5 million in renovations at Maine’s universities is a smart investment.”
University of Maine alumni, Dave Manz and Jon Englehart, have returned to their alma mater as members of the PC Construction team to assist in the renovation of the Memorial Gym and New Balance Field House. Manz, a project engineer with PC Construction, earned his construction management technology degree from the University of Maine’s School of Engineering Technology in 2007. Englehart, a PC Construction intern and third-generation UMaine alumnus, graduated from UMaine in 2013. The $15 million renovation project is the first substantial upgrade and modernization for the adjoining buildings since they were built more than 80 years ago. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2014. The full PC Construction news release regarding the involvement of the alumni in the project is available online.
The University of Maine’s Chem-E-Car will race at the 15th annual American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Chem-E-Car Competition in San Francisco, Calif., on Nov. 3. The race, sponsored by Chevron, will welcome 31 teams to compete at Hilton San Francisco Union Square.
The annual Chem-E-Car competition is an example of the important real-world applications of chemical engineering. Students use innovative fuels and materials to create and power a shoebox-size car.
During the competition, each team’s Chem-E-Car will be expected to carry an unspecified load an unspecified distance. The students will learn the required load size and distance at the event and will have to quickly improvise to achieve their goal. The car that gets the closest to the distance goal wins the competition and a $2,000 prize.
The UMaine team members that will travel to the event are Charles Cheevers, Chris Cawley, Alex Lee, Devin Weaver and Kody Allcroft. The team’s adviser is John Hwalek, an associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at UMaine. An RC motor that will run on a homemade zinc-carbon battery will power the team’s car, named LOLA.
For more information, visit the Chem-E-Car conference website.