Dagher to give update on floating offshore wind project Feb. 6

Habib Dagher, executive director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine, will provide an update Feb. 6 to the UMaine community on a floating offshore wind project aimed at developing a clean, renewable energy source off Maine’s coast.

Dagher, the principal investigator of the Aqua Ventus offshore wind program, will present “Powering up: Maine’s opportunity to lead on clean energy jobs and climate change,” at 2:30 p.m. in Neville Hall, Room 101. His talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Offshore wind energy represents Maine’s largest untapped renewable energy resource. For more than 10 years, UMaine has developed and patented the VolturnUS floating concrete hull technology that can support wind turbines in water depths of 150 feet or more. UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center was awarded a $40 million milestones-based grant from the United States Department of Energy to deploy two 6 MW floating turbines 14 miles off the Maine coast.