Large-scale floating offshore wind power is finally here

Posted on Friday, March 10th, 2017 by

Offshore wind energy has been growing like crazy in the last few decades—so much so that there’s even talk of serious talk of multi-gigawatt offshore wind farms in the US in the not too distant future. But offshore wind has so far been limited to areas where the seafloor is relatively shallow, and where […]

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Dutch tidal power developer launches 20-year project at European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

Tocardo Tidal Power has launched a planned 20-year commercial demonstration project at the European Marine Energy Centre with the arrival of its InToTidal system at Kirkwall in Orkney. With the installation at EMEC grid-connected tidal test site at Fall or Warness, Tocardo is readying […]

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Powered by the Wave: Tidal Wave Energy Generation Becomes a Reality in U.S.

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by

Albeit a younger technology, tidal wave energy generation is a prospective source of endlessly renewable power. Much of the world is involved in maturing this technology, including countries in Europe and even China, but the US does not have much of a presence in this emerging field. That may be changing, however, as the country’s first […]

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Scotland the Wave (tidal power takes over in the north)

Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2017 by

Norwegian company, Fred Olsen are equipping the US Navy in Hawaii with BOLT Lifesaver modules that produce wave powered electricity. These well-developed buoy-like devices can produce between 30 and 50KW from simple waves, while the greater emphasis recently has been on power from tidal flow. However, in Northern Europe, renowned fast tidal currents […]

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Giant gleaming Orb deploys solar and wave energy to make clean water for California

Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by

For the 2016 land art generator initiative, a team of designers from south korea has conceived ‘clear orb’ as a proposal for sustainable infrastructure in santa monica, california. the 40-meter diameter glass sphere produces fresh water from the sea, and provides energy to the city’s electrical grid.Jaesik lim, ahyoung lee, jaeyeol kim, and taegu lim […]

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Dutch firm to test floating turbine in tidal-power ‘holy grail’ of Bay of Fundy

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by

A Dutch firm that calls the Bay of Fundy “the holy grail” aims to exploit the bay’s powerful tidal currents by testing a floating turbine system starting next year. Halifax-based Minas Energy announced Tuesday it was partnering with Netherlands firm Tocardo International BV and Ontario-based International Marine Energy Inc. to form the Minas Tidal Limited […]

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Portland’s New Pipes Harvest Power From Drinking Water

Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2015 by

If you live in Portland, your lights may now be partly powered by your drinking water. An ingenious new system captures energy as water flows through the city’s pipes, creating hydropower without the negative environmental effects of something like a dam. Small turbines in the pipes spin […]

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Man powers his home from local stream with DIY micro-hydro plant

Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by

A man named Manfred Mornhinweg found the modern world too “noisy and hectic”, so he decided to build himself a house on a quiet 40 hectare piece of land in Chile. Part of his project involved building a micro-hydro plant to generate electricity for his dream home, and he documented the DIY adventure on his […]

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