Aug 18, 2010

Tidal power in Cobscook Bay - preliminary results called "promising".

Pretty much a puff piece, but there is some cause for optimism there too.

Tidal Power System Tests Yield Promising Results
Maine Public Radio News. 08/18/2010 11:57 AM ET  

That's according to Ocean Renewable Power Company, which has been testing an ocean energy power plant installed in Cobscook Bay off Eastport.

Tests of a system designed to extract energy from Maine's tides are yielding promising results. That's according to Ocean Renewable Power Company, which has been testing an ocean energy power plant it installed in Cobscook Bay off Eastport.
The company says the 60-kilowatt Beta Power System has successfully generated "grid-compatible" power from the bay's tidal currents. The company plans to use the test results to fine-tune the design of a commercial version scheduled to be installed in Eastport next year.

That so-called TidGen system, which will be connected to the New England power grid through Bangor Hydro Electric Company, is expected to generate enough electricity to power 50 to 75 homes, company officials say.

"Proving the efficacy of the Beta Power System and its ability to generate grid-compatible power day in and day out is a huge milestone for America's ocean energy industry," says ORPC President and CEO Chris Sauer in a statement announcing the results. "It reaffirms the limitless opportunities to advance the nation's renewable energy agenda and ensure a more sustainable future."

Company officials say tidal power has the potential to be a billion dollar industry in Maine within the next decade, and generate hundreds of jobs.

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