Advanced Materials for Infrastructure and Energy

Transportation infrastructure

UMaine wins $14.2M DOT award to form Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has selected the University of Maine to lead the creation of a highly competitive University Transportation Center (UTC) called the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC). TIDC aims to save taxpayer dollars by extending the life of transportation assets, including bridges, roads and rail. The DOT will provide as […]

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Nanocellulose materials

Tajvidi awarded $250,000 to develop next-generation CNF floor, wall products

Mehdi Tajvidi knows that big things can come in small packages. He works with cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) — the natural structural building units of wood that are 1/100,000th the width of a human hair. The University of Maine assistant professor of renewable nanomaterials describes CNF as magical. The renewable biodegradable material has superior properties, he […]

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Heat

UMaine designated one of eight DOE combined heat and power centers

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected the University of Maine to lead one of eight regional partnerships dedicated to the promotion, technical support and deployment of cost-effective and highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) technologies throughout the nation. UMaine, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire and Watson Strategy Group, will oversee […]

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Forestry experts gather Oct. 3–5 at UMaine

The University of Maine School of Forest Resources, in conjunction with the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, will host meetings of two ASTM International committees and the Wood I-Joist Manufacturers Association (WIJMA) Oct. 3–5. Stephen Shaler, director of the School of Forest Resources and associate director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, says welcoming […]

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Mainebiz reports on offshore wind industry legislation

Habib Dagher, executive director of the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, was included in a Mainebiz article about legislation introduced by Sens. Susan Collins and Tom Carper to create financial incentives to spur the country’s emerging offshore wind industry. The Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act would create an investment tax credit redeemable […]

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ORPC and UMaine staff members standing nexts to tidal energy technology

ORPC successfully concludes Power Take-off testing at UMaine

Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) has successfully completed full-scale testing of a specialized, water-lubricated bearing system and associated driveline components designed for underwater systems that capture energy from ocean tides and river currents at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. The purpose is to make the systems more durable and efficient, reduce […]

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Kleinschmidt Windstorm, Maine Wind Blade challenges slated for May 19

More than 250 students are expected to participate in two middle and high school STEM competitions Friday, May 19 at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center: the Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge and the ninth annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge. The competitions, which showcase real-world, hands-on STEM innovation by middle and high school students […]

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