EERE’s investment in Cianbro’s partnership with the Maine Maritime Academy and University of Maine supported extensive design, construction, and testing of offshore wind turbines. The process led to the deployment of VolturnUS: the nation’s first grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine prototype off Castine, Maine’s coast.
This project supports future wind turbine technology through data collection that informs smart, efficient, cost-effective turbine design. EERE funding continues to be key in bringing together the right mix of experts to help address technical barriers to offshore wind cost reduction, and jumpstart the U.S. offshore wind industry.
Partners: University of Maine, Maine Maritime Academy, Cianbro
Funding: $12 million over 5 years
Benefits: EERE investments help nation take first step toward offshore wind in U.S. waters.