01 Apr '11, 3pm

Swimming Fish Offer Untapped Power Generation - UK Environment

Swimming Fish Offer Untapped Power Generation - UK Environment

By installing networks of electric prongs along the riverbed, the energy can be captured and fed into the National Grid, reports the Daily Telegraph. Environmentalists welcomed the opportunity to not only generate clean energy but ensure rivers are maintained for wildlife. However, there was concern that areas for fishing could be out of bounds in future and wildlife or even fishermen could be electrocuted by the prongs. The project, codenamed 'Finetics', builds on Japanese technology that captures energy from people walking over pressure sensitive mats at train stations. Research found that a typical salmon, which zips through waters at a top speed of 12 metres per second, can over a 100 metres stretch generate enough electricity to make 18 cups of tea, while the shyer rudd will only trigger enough power for three cups. Multiplied many times over by the millions of fish t...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011...

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