24 Apr '11, 8pm

Identifying How Marine and Hydrokinetic Devices Affect Aquatic Environments

Identifying How Marine and Hydrokinetic Devices Affect Aquatic Environments

But because the concepts are new, few devices have been deployed and tested in rivers and oceans, and even fewer environmental studies of these technologies have been carried out. Thus, their potential environmental effects remain mostly speculative.1,2,3,4 Movement is under way, particularly by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to perform the research necessary to address the uncertainties about the environmental effects of MHK technologies, with a view toward getting devices in the water. EISA report to Congress To address some of these uncertainties, the U.S. Congress – in Section 633(b) of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 – called for a report that addressed: – Potential environmental impacts, including impacts to fisheries and marine resources, of MHK technologies; – Options to prevent adverse impacts; – Potential role of monitoring and adapt...

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

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