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UMaine Today Magazine

Discovering What's Next

Maine Technology Institute

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In August, the Maine Technology Institute identified the first 14 projects to receive nearly $30 million of the $50 million R&D investment Maine voters approved last fall. University of Maine researchers developed five of the funded projects, which were awarded more than $13 million. The largest award of nearly $5 million funds two Advanced Engineered Wood Composites (AEWC) Center initiatives focused
on the renewable energy and transportation industries. One laboratory addition will support processing of nanocomposites from cellulose
fiber. Another will be used for pilot manufacturing and large-scale structural testing of advanced composite structures for the energy industry, one of the fastest-growing markets for composite products. In such a facility, researchers will test the integrity of structures such as turbine blades to harness wind and tidal energy. AEWC has begun structural testing of wind blades and is pursuing research to integrate nanomaterials into composite products for improved strength and durability.










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