Tag: Maine

Floating Fungi: Mycelium-buoy test planned for Maine coast

Floating Fungi: Mycelium-buoy test planned for Maine coast

April 25, 2022 |

In Maine, buoys made of fungi root material mycelium could help reduce the impact of plastics waste from the fishing industry.  The myco buoy is the brainchild of Sue Van Hook, a mycologist who as a child helped her grandfather with lobster buoys and was part of the team behind Ecovative, a company making packaging […]

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bluShift looking to launch from Kennedy Space Center

bluShift looking to launch from Kennedy Space Center

March 8, 2022 |

In Maine, Bangor Daily News reports that following pushback from authorities in Jonesport, bluShift will instead look to do its future rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The company says that other Maine towns have expressed interest in hosting launches but Jonesport, the originally hoped for launch site, set up a moratorium on […]

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bluShift successfully tests hybrid biofuel-powered rocket engine

bluShift successfully tests hybrid biofuel-powered rocket engine

March 7, 2022 |

In Maine, Aerospace Testing International reports bluShift successfully tested its hybrid, biofuel Modular Adaptable Rocket Engine for Vehicle Launch, MAREVL 2.0, with partial power for five seconds. Future tests will include full-power, 90-second full duration burns while later this year it expects to do suborbital flight testing following static fire tests. This latest round of […]

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Biofine to develop ethyl levulinate from forest waste in Maine

Biofine to develop ethyl levulinate from forest waste in Maine

August 2, 2021 |

In Maine, Biofine Developments Northeast (BDNE), a biofuel producer and member of the National Energy & Fuels Institute (NEFI), announced an agreement with the town of Lincoln to establish a biorefinery at the former mill site located at 20 Depot Street. The plant will convert forest waste into a biofuel called ethyl levulinate (EL), which can replace […]

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Maine 3D printing center delivers biobased flood barriers

Maine 3D printing center delivers biobased flood barriers

May 24, 2021 |

In Maine, a leading 3D printing technology group has delivered flood barriers made from biobased materials to help support “transport resiliency” and protect coastal infrastructure from extreme weather.  The modular barriers were built by Habib Dagher, executive director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, and his team. Because they are modular, […]

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bluShift Aerospace successfully launches first commercial biofuel-powered rocket

bluShift Aerospace successfully launches first commercial biofuel-powered rocket

February 2, 2021 |

In Maine, the BBC reports bluShift Aerospace was successful in launching its first commercial biofuel-powered rocket in its efforts to become the “Uber” of space, calling SpaceX a freight train to space due to the difference in the rockets’ sizes. Those larger rockets can carry thousands of kilos of cargo while bluShift’s smaller Spacedust 1.0 […]

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UMaine wins DOE grant for 3D-printed wind turbines

UMaine wins DOE grant for 3D-printed wind turbines

February 1, 2021 |

In Maine, the US Department of Energy has awarded the University of Maine $2.8 million to develop an additive for 3D manufacturing of wind turbine blades. The grant will see large wind blade molds printed at UMaine’s Composite Center, home to the world’s largest polymer 3D printer, according to Habib Dagher, executive director of UMaine’s […]

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Delta Thermo Energy buys shuttered Main Fiberight waste-to-ethanol plant

Delta Thermo Energy buys shuttered Main Fiberight waste-to-ethanol plant

January 20, 2021 |

In Maine, local press reports that Delta Thermo Energy has been revealed as the buyer of the Fiberight waste-to-ethanol plant that was shuttered shortly after its opening in April 2019 and quickly put into receivership. The company estimates that it will take just six weeks to get the mothballed facility back up and running after […]

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bluShift Aerospace set to test ethanol-fueled rocket

bluShift Aerospace set to test ethanol-fueled rocket

January 13, 2021 |

In Maine, Main Public reports that bluShift Aerospace is set to launch the world’s first ethanol-fuel rocket on Friday that will be carrying a sensor device designed by local high school students. The burn for the test flight is expected to last for 11 seconds, reaching an altitude of about 4,000 feet, just high enough […]

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New owner for Maine Fiberight facility may be close to a deal

New owner for Maine Fiberight facility may be close to a deal

December 31, 2020 |

In Maine, the Bangor Daily News reports that following several attempts to find a new owner of the MSW-to-ethanol facility built by Fiberight that was mothballed earlier this year, the Municipal Review Committee that represents 115 small communities whose waste is processed by the facility has found a potential partner. The MRC signed a Memorandum […]

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