Wednesday, January 25, 2012

East River Underwater Turbines

I love stories that talk about innovative approaches to anything, and although New York City - the government and the people - are innovative in many ways, I tend not to put 'energy innovation' and 'New York City' in the same thought.

Here is a great story from about just that.

Using underwater turbines in the East River off the coast of Roosevelt Island, Verdant Power will be electrifying New York with roughly 1 megawatt captured from the strait's natural tidal currents — enough for an estimated 1,000 city homes.  Verdant was awarded on Monday the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's first pilot license for tidal power in the country.

Verdant will mount up to 30 turbine generators over the next few years on the East River's riverbed, said Trey Taylor, Verdant's co-founder and president.

"During a very difficult global economic time for renewable energy, this is very hopeful," Taylor said. "This is a high water mark or, at least, a new milestone for this industry."

"Issuing a pilot license for an innovative technology is a major step in the effort to help our country meet our renewable energy goals," the commission's chairman, Jon Wellinghoff, said in a statement. It will "allow for exploration of new renewable technologies while protecting the environment," Wellinghoff added.

Cool, right?!

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