Maine Gets $1 Million Grant for Offshore Wind-Wave Generation System

August 29, 2013

The University of Maine, along with partners Maine Maritime Academy, and the Energy Department's Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, received a $983,997 grant from the National Science Foundation to design, develop, and construct a unique, multidirectional Wind-Wave generating system called W2. Once completed, W2 will be able to simulate wave and wind conditions similar to those found in the Gulf of Maine and elsewhere.

By better understanding the effects of waves and wind shears that are typical in the often inhospitable ocean environment, researchers will be able to develop new methods of capturing renewable energy. Moreover, this system will permit scientists to optimize the performance of existing renewable energy devices and provide guidance in the construction of future offshore and coastal infrastructure. See the press release from U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King.