Maine eyes Goldwind for offshore

Goldwind’s 6MW direct-drive permanent magnet prototype wind turbine has drawn interest from a consortium developing floating platform technology for deployment in the Atlantic Ocean off the US state of Maine’s coast, Recharge learns.

The Chinese vendor could test the unit offshore in eastern China on a pilot basis either in the fourth quarter of this year or in first quarter 2014.

“It’s really promising technology. We’re interested in their tests,” says Elizabeth Viselli, communications director at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures & Composites Centre, which heads a 36-member public-private initiative that aims to establish the state as a national leader in deepwater offshore wind technology.

Last year, Goldwind’s US subsidiary became a research partner in that consortium.

The centre in December won up to $4m in Log in to read complete article.

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