Saturday, August 04, 2012

Maine commercial project to deploy tidal energy

Saturday, August 04, 2012
The Energy Department on 24 July saw the first commercial, grid-connected tidal energy project U.S.. The pilot operation off the coast of Eastport, Maine, is an investment of $10 million from the Department of energy uses. Ocean renewable power company will provide its first commercial tidal energy device in Cobscook Bay this summer.

Tidal energy is a clean, renewable resource that can be used where ever changing tides move a significant number of water, including on the coasts of many cities in the United States where it high electricity demand. In the vicinity of Maine, one of the most robust tidal energy resources in the world, the Bay of Fundy as 100 billion tons of water flow inside and outside of the Bay is daily. Initially, the pilot project of Cobscook Bay will provide enough electricity from renewable energy sources to power between 75 and 100 houses. In addition to this Department of energy supports pilot ORPC plans to expand his Maine project and install additional tidal energy devices for the supply of more than 1,000 Maine homes and businesses.

This year a published tidal energy resource assessment, identifying about 250 TWh of annual electricity generation from tidal energy nationwide. Tidal energy is a great opportunity for new water power development in the United States, especially along the East Coast as well as in Alaska and Hawaii. See the press release of Ministry of energy and water power program Web site.

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