Verdant Power filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that would allow the company to install up to 30 tidal power turbines in the East Channel of the East River in New York.
If approved, the project would be one of the first tidal power plants in the U.S. licensed to transmit energy onto the national grid.
Entitled the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project, the initiative represents Verdant Power’s effort to commercialize its kinetic hydropower system, which uses three-bladed turbines deployed in fast-moving tides and rivers to generate energy. During 2006-08, Verdant Power demonstrated a “Free Flow System” comprised of six full-scale turbines.
Verdant Power would install a fifth generation system through the proposed pilot project: an updated design the company said is enhanced for system reliability, cost-effective manufacturing and environmental compatibility. The U.S. Department of Energy provided partial funding for this advancement, specifically the design and testing of a new composite turbine blade in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Minnesota’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory.
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