Underwater turbine off Maine coast utilizes composites

Posted Jan. 29, 2010, at 2:04 p.m.

BATH, Maine — Ocean Renewable Power Co. has unveiled a composite underwater turbine unit that will be used to provide electricity to the Coast Guard station in Eastport.

The unit, designed by Ocean Renewable and fabricated at U.S. Windblade in Bath, is capable of producing up to 60 kilowatts, enough electricity for about 20 homes.

Ocean Renewable spokeswoman Susy Kist says the underwater unit will be installed at a location in Cobscook Bay.

Officials previously said the underwater turbine will likely be used to light the Coast Guard pier and to heat rescue boats so they’re ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

Ocean Renewable hopes to produce the unit commercially. It also plans to create larger underwater turbines for the Western Passage in Passamaquoddy Bay.

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