University of Chile officials interested in UMaine Offshore Wind Program

9:07 PM, May 31, 2013   |    comments
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BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --  Several potential investors, and even researchers from other countries were at Fridays launch of the Volturnus floating wind turbine. Dr. Eugenio Figueroa, from the University of Chile School of Economics made the trip to Maine from Santiago, Chile.  Dr. Figueroa was in Maine to see if his university could develop a similar program for Chile. 

"Sure Chile now has a big problem now with energy, there is a kind of bottlenecks, big bottlenecks because we are developing quite fast,"  Dr. Figueroa explained.  "In the last 27 years we have been developing at 5.5 percent a year, so it's an amazing achievement but also a challenge to provide for that growth in the future."

Dr. Figueroa says Chile has 42 hundred kilometers of coast and strong winds.  He is hoping that the technology could generate low cost electricity to meet Chile's power needs.



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