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  • Published
    April 25, 2011

    Camden firm receives $500K for wind technology

    WindFloat Maine LLC of Camden was one of two companies to receive development awards from the Maine Technology Institute earlier this month. WindFloat is a subsidiary of Seattle-based Principle Power Inc., a member of DeepCwind, the University of Maine-led consortium of private and nonprofit companies working on deepwater off-shore floating wind technology. According to a press release from UMaine’s AEWC ...

  • Published
    January 23, 2011

    University of Maine picks up Ocean Energy Institute mantle

    The Ocean Energy Institute will close its Rockland offices and transfer all its assets, including Matthew Simmons' library of works, to the University of Maine's AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center, which is home to the University of Maine's research and development activity in deepwater offshore wind. That announcement was made Sunday, Jan. 23, in a news release from UMaine. UMaine will establish ...

  • Published
    November 4, 2010

    Resolute plans next wave of energy innovation

    Bill Staby said Oct. 28 that he has been coming to Maine since his childhood in the 1960s. His parents built a house in Bristol and eventually started a family business, running a sawmill that specialized in providing lumber for the boat building industry. Now Staby wants to bring wave energy technology to the Maine Coast. After school, and 28 years working in Brooklyn, N.Y., Staby moved to Boston where, in ...

  • Published
    October 21, 2010

    DeepCWind prepares for Monhegan turbine test

    Maine is moving rapidly -- but carefully -- toward its goal of becoming the leader in deepwater offshore wind production. That was the message delivered by two keynote speakers and four panels of academics, government officials and representative of for-profit and nonprofit businesses at the First Annual Maine Offshore Wind Conference, Oct. 19, at Point Lookout in Northport, sponsored by the DeepCwind Consortium...

  • Published
    October 13, 2010

    Ocean Energy Institute’s West discusses emerging technologies

    Robert West said Oct. 12 that the mission of the Ocean Energy Institute was to connect the various parties involved in exploring ways to extract energy from the sea. West spoke at the Camden Public Library as part of a series of presentations, called Green October, that focus on energy issues in Maine. He said his organization worked to make information about emerging technologies understandable to the public ...

  • Published
    September 15, 2010

    Federal and state officials talk offshore wind, way offshore

    As Augusta eyes a trio of offshore wind energy demonstration sites, federal and state officials met at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast on Sept. 13 to discuss the potential of siting wind turbines further out to sea, in the federally-controlled waters of the Outer Continental Shelf. The daylong meeting, attended by officials from a number of federal agencies, representatives of the state and ...

  • Published
    July 21, 2010

    Ocean Energy Institute opens doors in Rockland

    When Matthew Simmons spoke to a gathering of politicians, energy experts, business leaders, artists and others in Rockland July 20, he announced the possibility of a new U.S. Department of Energy research facility in that city's South End. The occasion was an open house at the 3-year-old Ocean Energy Institute, which according to the Web site at oceanenergy.org is a think-tank and venture capital fund addressing...

  • Published
    May 31, 2010

    Rockport hosts energy forum

    "In the nation, as a world and even here in Rockport we're in transition," said ecologist Richard Podolsky May 20. Podolsky spoke at the first of what is planned as a quarterly series of informational public meetings sponsored by the Rockport Conservation Commission. The May 20 session focused on deep-water offshore wind development. Presenters were local resident Podolsky, who also moderated the forum; Sen. ...

  • Published
    March 25, 2010

    Energy committee reaches consensus on ocean wind

    A bill in the Maine Legislature that is designed to implement recommendations of the Governor's Ocean Energy Task Force has passed unanimously in committee, following a number of amendments. Sen. Barry Hobbins, D-Saco, the chairman of the Committee on Utilities and Energy, said March 25 that there had been opposition from numerous factions, including oil dealers and fishermen, and that the consensus reached ...

  • Published
    March 11, 2010

    Sharing the bottom: Maine Fishermen’s Forum looks at wind energy

    Energy technology developer Des FitzGerald of Camden said March 6 that deepwater wind turbines should have little effect on the way fishermen operate. He defined deepwater as water that is more than 200 feet deep. FitzGerald is vice president of business development for Seattle-based Principle Power, which develops technologies used in the wind power industry. He was one of seven panelists who addressed the ...

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