University of Maine says offshore wind turbine's first year was a success

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CASTINE, Maine — The University of Maine says a scaled-down offshore wind turbine successfully withstood more than a dozen severe storms in its first year.

An event held in Castine on Friday with UMaine officials and members of Maine's congressional delegation marked one year since the deployment of VolturnUS, a prototype that's one-eighth the scale of a full-size turbine.

UMaine also signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy that will give the university $3.8 million to continue design and engineering work on the full-scale turbine.

UMaine and its partner companies hope to build a two-turbine, 12-megawatt project 15 miles off shore near Monhegan Island.

The project was dealt a blow earlier this year when it lost a competition for a $47 million grant to proposals in other states.

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