CASTINE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Head of Umaine's Offshore Wind Laboratory, Dr. Habib Dagher, says the prototype Floating Wind Turbine in Castine Harbor withstood a storm earlier this month that packed high winds and waves that put its design to the test.
At 65 feet tall, the Volturnus Floating Wind Turbine is a one eighth model of the Wind Turbines that Umaine and it's partners want to put out in the Gulf of Maine in 2017.
Dr. Dagher says the one eighth prototype withstood a storm on November first that had waves reaching nearly 8 feet high. The National Weather Service recorded wind gusts at nearby buoys in the 40 mile an hour range. Dr. Dagher, says that with full scale turbines in the Gulf of Maine that would be the equivalent of a 50 year storm with waves 60 feet high. Umaine plans to hold a press conference next week to share those findings in greater detail.