Category Archives: Ocean Power

Poll Finds Washington Residents Support Tidal Energy

The ECOreport looks into new public opinion research from the Puget Sound, where a poll finds Washington Residents Support Tidal Energy

By Roy L Hales

Though there are a couple of operational projects along the United States eastern seaboard,1 tidal energy is still an infant technology. The Puget Sound is one of the most promising locations on the West Coast. In 2014 developers aborted a proposed project in Admiralty Inlet, between the Olympic Peninsula and Whidbey Island, because of ballooning costs. More recently,  a University of Washington poll finds Washington residents support tidal energy.

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  1. In the United States, Verdant Power first piloted an array of small turbines in the East River of New York as part of the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project and was the world’s first grid-connected tidal array demonstration. The Maine Tidal Energy Project, led by developer Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) featured one grid-connected turbine in Cobscook Bay, ME” – Stacia J. Dreyer et al, Changing Tides: Acceptability, support, and perceptions of tidal energy in the United States, ScienceDirect, Volume 29, July 2017, p 74

Preliminaries For World’s Largest Tidal Energy

Manx Tidal Energy is determining the practicality & commercial viability of offshore electricity production. Preliminaries For World’s Largest Tidal Energy Project

Originally Published on Click Green

Plans to grow the Manx economy and work with the UK to help meet its energy targets by harnessing the Isle of Man’s natural resources to generate renewable energy have taken a significant step forward.

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A Pioneer Energy Project at Spirit Bay

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Sc’ianew (pronounced Chenuh) Beecher Bay Band has been so dependent on the ocean that the translation of their name means “Big Fish.” So Chief Russ Chipps says it is only fitting that this bay, a symbol of our past, will be vital for a prosperous future.” Two years ago they partnered with the Trust for Sustainable Development to develop a pioneer energy project at Spirit Bay.

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Seafloor carpet catches waves to generate energy (video)

Originally published by UC Berkeley News Center  

Article By Sarah Yang,
Video produced by Roxanne Makasdjian and Philip Ebiner;

BERKELEY — What do champion surfers who gathered at last week’s Mavericks Invitational have in common with a UC Berkeley engineer? They all are looking to harness the power of big ocean waves. But the similarities end there. For assistant professor Reza Alam, an expert in wave mechanics, the seafloor “carpet” he is proposing will convert ocean waves into usable energy.

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