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VolturnUS 1:8

Posted by Bfahome , May 29 2013 · 237 views

So the place I work (on-campus at UMaine) is doing a pretty big thing on Friday.
It's going to be the launch of a functioning 1:8 scale model of the VolturnUS floating wind turbine.  It'll be the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine in the country!  They're also putting out a LIDAR buoy to collect information about weather and wind speeds, and it'll be I think the fifth of its kind in the world.
It's really cool to be able to say that I had a part in this, which I can technically say, no matter how miniscule of a part it was.
I think the plan in the next few years is to slowly build a big wind farm far off the coast.  This is really more of a test run than anything, but even at 1/8th the size of the planned model it's quite large.
And it's really cool too!
(There are going to be a bunch of big news people there.)

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I read that as Voltron... and then I was disappointed when I realized it was a wind turbine. Cool stuff though!

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