BAR HARBOR, MAINE – Habib Dagher, Ph.D., will discuss the latest, Maine-made designs for generating wind power at an MDI Science Café at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor at 5 pm on Monday, June 23.
At the Café, Dagher will discuss the new “VolturnUS,” an innovative, floating, offshore wind turbine system designed at the Advanced Structures & Composites Center at the University of Maine. The system uses locally available materials and is relatively simple to install. It can be used in high-wind, deep-water areas that are off limits to the types of offshore wind systems commonly used in Europe.
As director of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center, Dagher is one of the world’s leading advocates for developing high-performance and cost-effective composite materials for advanced structural applications. From the innovative arch construction known as “Bridge-in-a Backpack™” to advanced ballistic and blast protective structures for U.S. troops to composite deepwater offshore wind energy development, he has far expanded the realm of possibilities for solving many of the most pressing technological challenges our society faces.
The June 23 café is the first of a series of MDI Science Cafés to be held at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor this summer. Future topics include cancer and energy, food allergies, and regeneration and aging. Science cafés offer a chance to hear directly from scientists about their latest research. Short presentations are made in everyday language and followed by informal discussion. Refreshments are available and there is no admission charge.
For more information, visit mdibl.org/events/ or call 207-288-3147.