DeepCwind unveils floater prototype

The hull of the VolturnUS prototype

The hull of the VolturnUS prototype

The University of Maine-led DeepCwind consortium has unveiled the prototype of a new-look floating wind turbine expected to be the first grid-connected design moored off the coast of the US.

The 1:8-scale model of the VolturnUS will be installed in 24-metres of water off Maine this month to gather data to de-risk the concept, with a view to building a $96m deepwater pilot farm made up of a pair of 6MW models by 2016.

The VolturnUS, which has been in development at the university’s Advanced Structures & Composites Centre for the last five years, is based on a concrete and composite semi-submersible platform mated to a turbine with a 129-metre-diameter rotor.

DeepCwind – a public-private partnership between the National Science Foundation-Partners for Innovation, the Maine Technology Institute, the Log in to read complete article.

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