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First Person

Turning point

University of Maine engineering professor Habib Dagher’s dream, gigantic offshore floating wind turbines that could help power the region, is coming closer to reality.

 As a teenager, I had a laboratory in my bedroom. I’ve always been interested in inventions and technology. My team has developed floating wind turbine technology that utilizes a concrete hull and a composite tower that can be completely assembled dockside and floated out to sea, beyond the horizon so that it would not be visible from land.

The goal of [DeepCwind Consortium’s VolturnUS] project is to help our region — and the US — become more energy independent. The Gulf of Maine has 156 gigawatts of untapped offshore wind capacity within 50 miles of the coast. The state of Maine Ocean Energy Task Force has a plan to produce 5 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, nearly equivalent to twice the capacity of the Hoover Dam. That would produce enough energy potentially to heat every home and power every hybrid electric vehicle in Maine.

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