FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:After years of development, the University of Maine has landed two major energy investors for its floating offshore wind demonstration project, announcing that units of Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp. and German utility RWE will buy and build the project — a potential door-opener for the U.S. floating wind market.RWE Renewables and Mitsubishi-owned Diamond Offshore Wind have formed a new joint venture, known as New England Aqua Ventus, that will acquire, develop and eventually operate the single-turbine floating wind project that is expected to cost $100 million.The joint venture hopes to finalize the design work in 2021, sign the supply-chain contracts in 2022 and build the project in 2023, said Wojciech Wiechowski, senior manager at RWE Renewables, in a Wednesday interview.RWE claims to be the world’s second-largest developer of offshore wind projects, after Denmark’s Ørsted. Aqua Ventus will be its first project in U.S. waters, and one of a small handful of floating demonstration projects it’s investing in globally, Wiechowski said.UMaine, whose Advanced Structures and Composites Center has been researching floating wind technology since 2008 and has carried the project this far, will own the intellectual property behind the VolturnUS floating hull concept and will license the technology to the Aqua Ventus project — and hopefully more to come.Aqua Ventus’ latest design calls for using a single turbine rated at 10 to 12 megawatts. That’s at the upper end of the range of offshore turbines available commercially today and would break new ground for the emerging floating wind market. The largest floating offshore project in operation is Equinor’s Hywind Scotland, which uses five 6-megawatt turbines.[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: Maine’s $100M floating offshore wind project finds major backers: RWE and Mitsubishi RWE, Mitsubishi to develop floating wind project off the Maine coast
Box Score | Photo GalleryBEAUMONT, Texas – For one school a thrilling upset and for another a heartbreaking end to the season as No. 7 Stephen F. Austin upset No. 2 Houston Baptist 1-0 behind an 88th minute gamewinner scored by sophomore Katelyn Termini.Each school’s net-minder was forced to make four saves each, including a pair each in the final 15 minutes, as the teams couldn’t be separated in the first period. The closest call came on a Mari Gillespie free kick that ricocheted off the top bar and goalie Alanis Guevara’s outstretched hand.WSOC: Gillespie’s free kick off the cross bar and Guevara’s hand.Still scoreless between @SFA_Soccer and @HBUWSoccer. 10 min left in 1st.Watch on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/wweI0Wmrdz???? Southland Conference apps pic.twitter.com/HvIgoEwoMG— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018It seemed as though the Ladyjacks would break up the scoreless affair in the 82nd minute as Termini orchestrated a long run into the box and rocketed one on goal, but sophomore defender Kaimyn Beal intercepted the shot on the line.Six minutes later, Termini created another opportunity after collecting a pass from senior Breanna Moore, dribbling into the box and finishing past Guevara to the lower left corner.WSOC: Winning goal by Termini comes with 87:42 elapsed. @SFA_Soccer wins 1-0 over @HBUWSoccer. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/TXbIQrWRec— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018SFA advances to Friday’s semifinal round and awaits the winner of the final quarterfinal between No. 3 Lamar and No. 6 Southeastern Louisiana.