Aqua Ventus lodges Maine bid
12MW demo could start construction in 2015
The consortium behind a proposed 12MW floating wind project off Maine has filed to win a state-backed, long-term contract for electrical generation.
Maine Aqua Ventus submitted necessary paperwork for the offshore wind project to the Maine Public Utilities Commission ahead of a request for proposals deadline of 1 September.
The RFP process, for which Statoil's 12MW Hywind concept had been in pole position, was reopened by the PUC this summer to allow for fresh bids.
Aqua Ventus project partners include the University of Maine as well as Cianbro, Emera and Maine Prime Technologies, in addition to others.
The group plans to commercialize UMaine's floating wind turbine technology VolturnUS, which has been deployed at 1:8 scale in Castine Harbour since June.
The consortium aims to start construction of the two-turbine 12MW Aqua Ventus 1 in 2015. An initial 6MW turbine is slated to be commissioned in 2016 with the second unit hooked up in 2017.
Image: the VolturnUS technology off Maine (Maine Maritime Academy)