Aug 19, 2010

DeepCwind Consortium: who, what, where, why? Updated 8/19/10

The DeepCwind Consortium is one of those glittering spheres of furious intellectual activity, held together inside a once speculative, now (August 2010) appropriated  funding bubble,  using that money and the earnest politicking of its leader and  supporters to work its way into the  renewable ocean energy game. See 2010 membership list, below. (and 2009 list)

To do this, DCW now needs to warm the cockles of the fishing, sailing and birding public, in hopes that these citizens will allow industrial level energy extraction into their shared environment: the offshore public air and viewsheds, the state's waters and its submerged public  lands. 

This presumes it can get past the lawsuit pending before  Maine Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Hjelm The case challenges the submerged lands lease granted by Bureau of Parks and Lands. The BPL awarded the scenic vistas off  Monhegan - beloved worldwide by generations of  artists, photographers and scenic area goers -  a "low quality" viewshed rating.  The suit by Ron Huber of Rockland asks the judge to require that the scenic evaluation be redone and if warranted, the deepwater  wind R&D operation be set up off  one of the other six final candidate sites that were considered by BPL.



Membership of the DeepCwind Consortium as of August 2010. Arranged by type of organization

AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center
University of Maine College of Engineering
University of Maine Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Maine Department of Industrial Cooperation/
University of Maine School of Marine Sciences 
University of Maine School of Biology and Ecology 
University of Maine Physical Oceanography Group
Maine Maritime Academy
Northern Maine Community College 
University of Western Australia

Ocean Energy Institute
Island Institute
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
New Jersey Audubon Society


Centre for Offshore Foundation Research




Bernstein Shur Counselors at Law
James W. Sewall Company
Kleinschmidt Associates
Technip USA 

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
National Renewable Energy Laboratory 
Sandia National Labs 

Santos Wind Energy Technologies
Ashland, Inc.
Kenway Corporation 
Harbor Technologies 
PPG Industries
Owens Corning 
Zoltek / Polystrand, Inc.

American Composites Manufacturers Association  
Maine Composites Alliance
Maine Wind Industry Initiative

Cianbro Corporation 
General Dynamics
Bath Iron Works

Bangor Hydro Electric Company 
Central Maine Power Company
Technip USA/
Reed and Reed


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2009 Membership of the University of Maine DeepCwindConsortium  (source: BDN):

Universities, government and nonprofit agencies
University of Maine — AEWC Advanced Structures & Composites Center (Lead)
University of New Hampshire
Maine Maritime Academy
Northern Maine Community College
University of Western Australia
U.S. Department of Energy
Governor’s Office of Energy Independence & Security
Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Ocean Energy Institute
New Jersey Audubon Society
Island Institute
Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Siting, design and fabrication operations
Cianbro Corp.
Bath Iron Works
Bernstein Shur Counselors at Law
James W. Sewall Co.
Kleinschmidt Associates
Technip USA
McNiff Light Industry
Santos Wind Energy Technology (SWEeT)
Principle Power Inc.
Bangor-Hydro Electric Co.
American Superconductor
Northern Power Systems
Clean Energy Design
Composites Materials Industry
Ashland Inc.
Kenway Corp.
Harbor Technologies
PPG Industries
Owens Corning
Zoltek
Polystrand Inc.
Industry partners, organizations and manufacturing automation
MAG International
Maine Composites Alliance
Simmons & Company International
American Composites Manufacturers Association
Maine Wind Energy Initiative

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