The University of Maine officially opened its combined wind and wave (W2) experimental facility on November 23, 2015. The University of Maine partnered with Diana Bull (Sandia), Amy Robertson (NREL), and Richard Kimball (Maine Maritime Academy) in the design and development of this facility. W2 not only will allow for testing of offshore structures in scaled wave conditions, but also will offer testing facilities for offshore wind conditions, a significant addition to US testing capabilities.
The US Department of Energy (DOE)’s Water Power Program will be the first to use the W2 facility in their public prize challenge—the Wave Energy Prize. W2 will act as one of five facilities producing 1/50th scaled wave environments during the second phase of the competition.
More information on the W2 facility can be found here.