Ocean tides provide source for electricity

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 11:08 AM
posted by rene5432

The force of ocean tides and waves could be the newest way to generate electricity, depending on how the wildlife that survives off of the ocean will react, the Miami Herald reports.

Researchers in Washington state are currently running experiments to determine how diving birds, whales, rockfish and other marine life will be affected by two potential hydro turbines that could be installed 200 feet under water in the Admiralty Inlet by late summer 2013.

The turbines, expected to weigh approximately 350 tons each, will produce sound as the steel and fiberglass work, and scientists have recently put electrodes on heads of salon to determine how they will react to the noise.

Scientists from New England are also tackling this research in the Mississippi River, according to the Boston Globe. Free Flow Power has been stationed near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, since late June, working to figure out how to harness the power of the massive river's flow to convert it to energy and profit.

The technology used by Free Flow Power is similar to that used in windmill-powered electric generators. The company has applied for more than 150 permits to someday submerge its hydrokinetic turbines that are still under development, the news source states. 

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