On June 13, 2013, the first floating, offshore wind turbine in the Americas began to send electricity to the land-based power grid in Castine, Maine. The project of the University of Maine's Advanced Structures & Composites Center is a 1/8 scale prototype of the turbines proposed to operate in the Gulf of Maine by 2016, with full scale-up by 2030. Each full-sized turbine is expected to generate 6 megawatts of power, enough for 2,000 homes.
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Photo courtesy of University of Maine.