17 December 2008 — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the licensing and installation of a hydrokinetic power station in Minnesota using technology from Hydro Green Energy LLC.
Hydrokinetic power refers to the generation of electricity from moving water without impoundments or diversionary structures that are typically used at conventional hydropower facilities. Hydro Green Energy’s technology operates in open rivers, tidal areas and oceans. The technology is also deployable downstream from existing hydropower facilities, which allows for new power generation within the existing project footprint.
The city of Hastings, Minn. is installing a Hydro+ project at its 4.4 MW run-of-river hydropower plant on the Army Corps of Engineers’ Lock and Dam No. 2. The power generated by the two hydrokinetic units, which each hold a nameplate capacity of 100 kW, will be placed on the electric power grid through Hastings’ existing electrical infrastructure. One turbine will be installed in December and one in April 2009.
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