24 Jul '12, 7pm

America’s first commercial-scale tidal power generator goes online #energy #ocean #tidalpower #ORPC @Inhabitat

America’s first commercial-scale tidal power generator goes online #energy #ocean #tidalpower #ORPC @Inhabitat

Ocean tides and waves provide a constant, nearly endless, source of potential power. The same forces that can provide millions of kilowatt-hours of electricity also possess the power to destroy undersea generators and turbines. The challenge faced by scientists and engineers has been to design turbines and generators strong enough to withstand the day-to-day pounding of Mother Nature while simultaneously producing grid-ready energy at a reasonable cost. A new tidal power installation may be the harbinger of a new age of energy production — today in Eastport, Maine, Ocean Renewable Power Co. is scheduled to launch the country’s first commercial-scale power generator that produces clean, renewable electricity from the energy of tidal currents. In February 2012, ORPC was issued a pilot project license for its Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project by the Federal Energy Regulatory ...

Full article: http://www.alternativeconsumer.com/2012/07/24/americas-fi...

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