UMaine in business of certifying turbine blades

Gamesa Wind Power PEPWR

ORONO, Maine (AP) - The University of Maine has tested its largest wind turbine blade to date.

UMaine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center completed static strength testing this month of a 184-foot-long wind turbine blade built in North America for a Spanish company.

Juan Diego Díaz, marketing director for Gamesa, which produced the blade, said North America is a logical place for product development and to support commercial opportunities in the region. He says the company was impressed by the UMaine center's "testing quality, safety and attention to detail."

UMaine composites center director Habib Dagher says the center is honored to have served one of the world's leading wind turbine manufacturers.

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