Floating offshore wind is clean and renewable.
New England Aqua Ventus I (the Project) is a 12 MW floating offshore wind pilot project to develop a clean, renewable energy source off Maine's shores.
This demonstration project is unique in that: it will mount two 6 MW wind turbines to floating semisubmersible concrete hulls called the VolturnUS, and designed by the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine. The patent-pending VolturnUS hull technology has been demonstrated in independent reports to reduce the cost of offshore wind. The turbines are held in position in the ocean by three marine mooring lines securely anchored to the seabed, and connected by subsea cable to the Maine power grid by subsea cable.
The project goals are to: demonstrate the innovative design of the VolturnUS with full-size offshore wind turbines, work with local contractors and manufacturers to generate local economic benefit, create and keep Maine jobs in Maine, and provide renewable energy now and in the future.
There is much to be learned about deep water, offshore wind energy development. New England Aqua Ventus I has potential to lead to a 500 MW-scale production project placed elsewhere 20+ miles offshore, beyond the horizon, in federal waters. It is designed to meet the objectives of the Ocean Energy Act and Maine legislation to yield tangible economic benefits for Maine, and to lead to even larger-scale, more cost-effective offshore wind developments in the Gulf of Maine and markets worldwide.Harnessing the clean, renewable wind energy from our deep ocean waters will contribute to the transformation of our energy sector to renewable sources, and keep our energy dollars in the State.