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(7) Tidal Turbines

Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA an industry R&D consortium in US are upbeat about this possibility.

Lessons learnt from wind turbines have helped.

First major project with 6 submerged turbines, each of 35 KW, are being installed near New York City to capture energy from East River’s Tidal currents.

3-Bladed Turbines, 5 mtrs in Dia and resemble wind turbines, made by Verdant Power of Arlington, VA.

Installation of a farm of 100 turbines is anticipated at the East River site.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington has issued preliminary permits for 25 sites and another 31 under consideration.

Few Tidal Turbines already on operation.

240 MW  –  LaGrange Barrage in Normandy.

20 MW    –  Bay Fundy in Nova Scotia, Halifax.

300 KW  –  Devon, UK.

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