DOE Assistant Secretary Visits UMaine Composites Center

August 05 2019

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King joined officials from the Maine governor’s office on July 26 in welcoming Daniel Simmons, Department of Energy (DOE) assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, to the University of Maine.

Simmons toured the 100,000-square-foot Advanced Structures and Composites Center and its innovations under development, including next-generation floating wind turbines, 3D printed bio-derived recyclable construction materials and lightweight composite bridge technologies.

On the tour was the largest 3D printed object in the world, part of a composite materials mold for a 75-foot bridge that will be built in Hampden, Maine using a technology developed at the UMaine Composites Center and licensed to Advanced Infrastructure Technologies, a Maine-based spinoff company. Later this year, the center will install the world’s largest 3D printer to support a partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Bio-based resins and nanocellulose fibers will be used to print large structures, such as boat and wind turbine blade molds.

Leaders of Maine’s boatbuilding industry have partnered with the center to reduce manufacturing time and costs using 3D print recyclable boat molds. The pioneering research has received funding from the Maine Technology Institute.

Simmons and his leadership team also observed UMaine’s patented VolturnUS floating concrete hull technology being exposed to simulated 50-year and 500-year extreme storms at the Alfond W2 wind-wave basin.

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