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Ocean Energy

The University of Maine was selected in a competitive proposal process to become the Department of Energy's research institution for energy from offshore wind.  By offshore, we mean the full challenge of designing, building and evaluating environmental impacts of erecting floating wind turbines anchored in water 100 m or more deep and at least 10 mi from shore.  Beware that "offshore wind" is also used much more loosely for maturing technologies that place turbines on a rigid foundation affixed to the seafloor and have been used in Europe for nearly a decade.  Moored structures present greater challenges but also promise greater rewards from higher wind speeds offshore because power output scales nonlinearly with wind speed.  Wind and wave data and structure survivability information comes from a decade of reliable buoy measurements taken by UMaine's Physical Oceanography Group (PhOG).  Other SMS faculty members are actively exploring potential environmental impacts of both offshore wind energy extraction and power generation from tidal kinetic energy.

Participating Faculty

 

Damian C. Brady

Damian C. Brady

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Interests: Marine Biogeochemistry, Environmental Oceanography, Marine Physiological Ecology, Water Quality Modeling, Individual-based Modeling, Ocean Modeling and Prediction
damian.brady@maine.edu
Phone: 207.312.8752

Teresa Johnson

Teresa Johnson

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Interests: Marine policy, fisheries management, public participation, fishing communities, fishermen's knowledge, cooperative research, social science, renewable energy
teresa.johnson@umit.maine.edu
Phone: .207.581.4362

Peter A. Jumars

Peter A. Jumars

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Interests: Benthos, Benthic Oceanography, Biological-Physical Interactions, Bioacoustics, Biological-Physical Interactions, Ocean Observing Systems, Ocean Modeling and Prediction, Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Marine Climate Change
jumars@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.5114

Neal Pettigrew

Neal Pettigrew

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Interests: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Ocean Energy, Marine Climate Change, Coastal Physical Oceanography, Ocean Observing Systems, Gulf of Maine, autonomous vehicles, data buoys, coastal currents, AUV, glider
nealp@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.4384

Huijie Xue

Huijie Xue

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Interests: Physical Oceanography, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Ocean Modeling and Prediction, Ocean Energy, Biological-Physical Interactions, Marine Climate Change
hxue@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.4318

Gayle Zydlewski

Gayle Zydlewski

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Interests: Environmental Oceanography, Fisheries Sciences, Biological Oceanography, Ocean Energy
gayle.zydlewski@umit.maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.4365

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