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Tidal Turbine to Take the Plunge in the Bay of Fundy

technology review -- The Bay of Fundy, renowned for having the greatest tidal range in the world, is a short step away from having the first grid-connected ocean energy project in the U.S.

Ocean Renewable Power Company yesterday hosted a ceremony to mark the first phase of the Maine Tidal Energy Project. Having received a pilot project license earlier this year from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and installed a bottom support frame for its water turbine, the company projects the machine will begin delivering electricity to the grid by October.

The plan is to have the turbine, able to generate 150 kilowatts with water running at about seven miles per hour, operate for a year and then add more turbines in different locations. The company's hope is to connect 20 turbines to generate 3 megawatts of


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RONALD777
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 8:04:22 PM

I hope it works well.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 9:24:22 PM

"The plan is to have the turbine, able to generate 150 kilowatts with water running at about seven miles per hour, operate for a year and then add more turbines in different locations."

Interesting technology. Wave power has been around, but this is the first I know being commercialized.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 8:54:21 AM

This is great news!
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 8:17:35 AM

Hope it's for the greater good
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 7:15:29 AM

Go with clean renewable energy and electricity storage!
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 6:40:37 AM

Makes sense to use the tidal energy.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 6:19:42 AM

A good demonstration.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:57:09 AM


The initial cost seems high to me for only 150 KW. I wonder what the environmentalists will find to complain about on this project, and if they will stop the power company from adding the other planned turbines later.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:08:58 AM

Good for them.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:03:50 AM

Hope it is successful. Must still lower the cost per kilowatt.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:03:25 AM

Now how can the treeHuggers stop this one, rare sand dollars, jellyfish???
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:01:55 AM

Money has probably already been allocated to this losing proposition!!!!
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:53:50 PM

I would think the corrosion would be unmanageable -- power turbines in sea water?? The "starting price" of the generated electricity will be "almost double" Maine's average electricity prices. This project should be dropped before the taxpayers pay the $21 million for it.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:52:56 PM

Would like to see this at work.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:52:26 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:50:53 PM

Sounds interesting
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:50:23 PM

Good first step
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:49:54 PM

Great. How about cost efficiency?
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:49:45 PM

Hope it works out well for them.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:49:36 PM

Sounds intriguing
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:48:59 PM

It's yet another idea. Thought this has already beee tried elsewhere but failed for some reason. Hope it works this time!
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:48:55 PM

This is a first step. Hopefully they won't be bankrupt in a year.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:48:05 PM

cool, could be a new avenue to generate some power.. I am sure like most, up front costs will be high, but maybe in the long run it could pay off.. at least it is a new type of power generation.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:46:37 PM

The project cost seems high just for 1200 homes. But if it works, and can be increased or used in other areas, it might pay off in the long run.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:45:19 PM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:43:16 PM

How much will this cost?
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:40:59 PM

Cool.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:40:53 PM

It's worth a shot and see if it is cost effective
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:38:42 PM

There are many good ideas on how to generate electricity but they all need to be cost effective. High energy prices will and has led to job loses and pain for the poor. To hell with global warming, if this nut case idea leads to starvation, poverty and death.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:37:12 PM

Fundy,Dundy Water.....
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It cleans and guts your fish while you wait.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:35:59 PM

Just as long as it doesn't COST TOO MUCH to operate.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:35:51 PM

Expensive, but might be the way to go.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:35:26 PM

Very cool, I hope it works out.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:35:11 PM

It will be very interesting to see if their man-made structures can be built to withstand the forces of nature.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:34:06 PM

ssdd
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:33:42 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:33:40 PM

Nice to see a scaled up try to use tidal turbines to generate electricity. If and when the use of tidal turbines in generating electricity proves economically sound, proves it does not harm fish or crustacian populations, harm the commercial or recreational fishing industry and does not pose a hazard to navigation, it seems like a reasonable avenue to pursue in our quest for electric power.
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I want my SUV back.
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ok
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ok
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:31:42 PM

Sounds good to me, and you can not see them.

Un less you are under water.
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ok
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:27:48 PM

Cool
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:26:21 PM

I like the idea but I bet the cost of the electricity will be way too high.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:24:55 PM

Sounds like an ideal place for such an idea. The turbines could work like the mechanism of a self-winding watch. The OMG nabobs naysay about wind turbines knocking down birds. I wonder how many fish will get whacked before someone complains about this innovation.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:24:36 PM

It also cuts up the lobster for your roll.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:23:42 PM

And this can give power to how many homes for how much / home
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Time will tell.
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splash..
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He should not have bought the fancy airplane. Gets the cheats every time.
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