By Deborah Mcdermott –

DURHAM — A University of New Hampshire center that researches ocean renewable energy is getting a portion of an $8 million federal stimulus grant awarded last month to the University of Maine, and will use it to conduct wind turbine testing near the Isles of Shoals.

The UNH Center for Ocean Renewable Energy will receive $700,000 in federal stimulus funds from the U.S. Department of Energy to deploy and test the first prototype floating structure with a turbine in the United States. The only other one is in Norway, said CORE director Ken Baldwin.

Data received from the UNH center will help UMaine as it launches the first offshore, deepwater wind project in the country. One of the sites being considered for the UMaine project is near Boon Island off the coast of York, Maine.

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