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UMaine Tests New Turbine

 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.