ME - Maine joins national offshore wind research consortium
Maine has joined the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, a public-private partnership that could expand the state's access to research and resources for its offshore wind program.
“Through the consortium, Maine has the opportunity to learn and advance technologies alongside a variety of others to guide offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine,” Dan Burgess, director of the Governor’s Energy Office, said in a news release Thursday. “Access to more knowledge, data and research from around the country will inform our approach to offshore wind and benefit Maine’s people, communities and economy.”
Maine’s membership in the consortium includes the Governor’s Energy Office and the University of Maine, a center of technology and innovation in floating offshore wind. The nonprofit consortium, established in 2018, works to advance offshore wind technology in the United States through cost-effective and responsible development to maximize economic benefits.
“The University of Maine is very pleased to support the state as it strengthens important research ties nationally and internationally on floating offshore wind,” said Habib Dagher, executive director of Advanced Structures and Composite Center at the University of Maine.
The center is conducting a project with the consortium on synthetic mooring systems, considered an example of a collaboration designed to help reduce impact on fisheries.
“We look forward to more such collaborations through this new membership,” he added.