The 12 awards totaling $10.3 million will support a variety of research areas, including comprehensive U.S. supply chain analyses, studying the impacts of offshore wind on the electric grid system and innovations in anchoring structures. The awarded projects include:
As the first federally-funded public-private partnership focused on advancing offshore wind technology in the U.S., the Consortium supports the cost-effective and responsible development of offshore wind to maximize the economic benefit to the country.
Virginia, Massachusetts and Maryland also contribute to the Consortium's funding. NYSERDA administered the initial solicitation on behalf of the Consortium.
(Source: National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, PR, JUne, 2020) Contact: National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, Carrie Cullen Hitt, Exec. Dir., www.nationaloffshorewind.org
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Aqua Ventus is presently working on a pilot project miles off of Monhegan Island, the first pilot project of floating wind technology in the Americas. It is one-eighth the scale of a planned six-megawatt turbine.
(Source: Maine Aqua Ventus.Beacon, Maine News Service, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: Central Maine Power Company, www.cmpco.com; Maine Aqua Ventus, Meghan Collins, (207) 581-2117
www.maineaquaventus.com; University of Maine
Advanced Structures and Composites Center, 207-581-2123, www.composites.umaine.edu
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Of the total, as much as $10 million will go to two offshore wind technology demonstration projects -- Lake Erie Energy Development Corp (LEEDCo) will deploy innovative sensing technologies for tracking bird activity near wind turbines, while the University of Maine will develop a floating substructure design for a 10 MW -- 12 MW wind turbine and install it at a project off Maine.
Roughly $7 million will support the testing of innovative offshore wind technologies at national-level testing facilities, with the funding to be shared by six projects including Clemson University which is aiming to improve offshore wind turbine nacelle testing. In another project, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre in Boston is seeking to upgrade its testing facility to make possible the structural testing of wind turbine blades with lengths of between 85 metres and 120 metres.
Other recipients include Oregon State University of Corvallis for tests on the combined effects of wind and waves on floating offshore wind turbines.
Four of the 13 selected projects will receive a total of $6 million to support rural utilities by developing technologies that integrate wind with other distributed energy resources. (Source: US DOE, 23 Oct., 2019)
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According to the release, the method was discovered by undergraduate students experimenting with salt and high temperatures when they found that a particular kind of mixed-salt produced crude oil vapors. With a 20-minute process of high heat and pressure, wood pulp is turned into acid before it is turned into salt, which produces the crude oil when introduced to high temperatures. which can be processed just like any oil refinery and make gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.
The current production is about 1 tpd when the plant is running, but the private sector is interested in the engineering data, which is a patent protected and available for companies to amplify research.
(Source: University of Maine, FBRI, Woodworking Network, 27 May, 2019) Contact: University of Maine, FBRI,
Hemant Pendse, Director, (207) .581.1489 Fax: 207.581.9418 firstname.lastname@example.org , https://forestbioproducts.umaine.edu
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The newly approved funds begin the second phase of negotiations, providing Honeywell up to $4.2 million to solidify the design and provide more precise information on the project scope and financials. The other $1.5 million is for the university to hire experts for its own work on the project. Once the second phase is completed, Honeywell will provide "a firm fixed price" for the Board's approval.
The energy system conversion is being driven in part by University of Maine's goal of virtually eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. Honeywell says its project will achieve 85 percent of that goal. The university presently spends $10 million +- per year on electricity and heat. That expense could be cut to $4.3 million with a proposed new biomass power plant and solar array.
The proposed on campus 6-MW central heating and power plant would burn approximately 70,000 tpy of wood chips from sustainably harvested local timber. The CHP plant would use natural gas and oil or liquid biofuels as backups for its boilers, as well as the 40MW solar array. A similar but smaller biomass facility at the University of Maine at Farmington campus burns 4,000 tpy of locally harvested hardwood chips, and replaced nearly 400,000 gallons of oil. (Source: University of Maine, Portland Press Herald, 5 April, 2019) Contact: University of Maine Orono, https://umaine.edu; Honeywell, www.honeywell.com
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The additive is intended to be mixed with diesel and other petroleum-based fuels to displace some volume of diesel with something renewable and help cut down the vehicle's carbon footprint. The biofuel-blend formulation will offer the same engine performance, but will ideally be easier and more environmentally friendly to produce.
(Source: U Mass, US DOE, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: UMass, Prof. Hunter Mack, Research Team Leader, http://uml.academia.edu/JohnHunterMack;
Mainstream Engineering, (321) 631-3550,
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The proposed energy system conversion to woody biomass is being driven in part by the university's goal of virtually eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. Honeywell says its project will achieve 85 pct of that goal. The university presently spends roughly $10 million a year on electricity and heat, an amount the could be slashed to $4.3 million with the new power plant and solar array, Honeywell estimates.
The on campus 6-MW central heating and power plant would burn approximately 70,000 tpy of wood chips from sustainably harvested local timber.
The CHP plant would use natural gas and oil or liquid biofuels as backups for its boilers, as well as the 40MW solar array. A similar but smaller biomass facility at the University of Maine at Farmington campus burns 4,000 tpy of locally harvested hardwood chips, and replaced nearly 400,000 gallons of oil.
(Source: Univ. of Maine Orono, Honeywell International,, Portland Press Herald, 22 May, 2018) Contact: University of Maine Orono, https://umaine.edu
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OTM plans to redevelop the shuttered mill into a wood-fiber-based complex comprised of multiple tenants, including the University of Maine's Forest Bioproducts Research Institute Technology (FBRI), which presently occupies 40,000 square feet.
Last May, FBRI conducted a 100-hour demonstration of its continuous processing of 1 tpd of woody biomass into bio chemicals that can be used for biofuels, biochemicals and other advanced materials.
OTM's redevelopment foresees a fully integrated fiber-based campus capitalizing on the mill's energy platform and the region's plentiful woody biomass fiber supply.
According to the OTM release, "This redevelopment is the beginning of what many see as the newest market for Maine's wood fiber, which transforms the cellulose-based, non-edible fiber and wood waste into clean and affordable high-value fuels, chemicals and milled and engineered wood products." (Source: FBRI, MaineBiz, Feb., 2018) Contact: University of Maine Forest Bioproducts Research Institute Technology, https://forestbioproducts.umaine.edu
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According to the Portland Press, wind power accounted for only 0.4 pct of Maine's electric power production in the summer of 2007, and jumped to nearly 25 pct by summer 2017. In 2016, Maine wind turbines generated three-fifths of all utility-scale wind power in New England, according to US Energy Information Administration data.
(Source: University of Maine, Maine Campus, 29 Jan., 2018)Contact: Gov. Paul Page, www.maine.gov/governor
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According to project director Tom Richard, NEWBio made tremendous progress building robust, scalable and sustainable value chains for bio-based energy, chemicals and materials across the Northeastern region.
Among its goals, NEWBio aimed to identify options where bioenergy crops could improve environmental outcomes without competing with food production. One was floodplains and buffers along streams where these crops can improve water quality. A second goal was to utilize abandoned and marginal lands using patented high-yielding willow and various warm-season grasses.
The NEWBio consortium includes the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Cornell University, Ohio State University, Delaware State University, Rutgers University, Drexel University, University of Vermont, SUNY-ESF, West Virginia University, Idaho National Laboratory, USDA-ARS, University of Maine and Stony Brook University. (Source: NEWBio, Penn State Univ., 8 Sept., 2017) Contact: Penn State Univ., Tom Richard, Project Director, 0291, email@example.com; NEWBio, (814) 863-0291, www.newbio.psu.edu
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