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.
“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 ↩
There are more than 130 of them, from Alaska, Russia, the West Coast as far south as California and east to the Atlantic coast. Their joint letter refers to “Misrepresentation,” “lack of information” and “Disregard for science that was not funded by the proponent.” Scientists Condemn The Flawed Review Process For Lelu Island, at the mouth of British Columbia’s Skeena River, as “a symbol of what is wrong with environmental decision-making in Canada.” Continue reading Scientists Condemn The Flawed Review Process For Lelu Island→
Over the past 30 years, temperatures have risen around 1.5 degrees fahernheit on the slopes of Colorado’s La Plata Mountains. Though it is difficult to speak authoritaivley, University of Washington’s graduate student Leander Anderegg believes the forests will probably change during the net generation. They will definietly change during ourlifetime. His key question is, can we protect our forests as the climate changes?
Most people think of corn when they hear the word ethanol, but a consortium of 10 education and industry partners, including the University of Washington, hope to change that. They are behind the push to produce cellulosic ethanol in the Pacific Northwest .
Will fungi biofuels eventually replace conventional jet fuel? Dr Birgitte K. Ahring, Director of Washington State University’s Bioproduct Sciences and Engineering Laboratory, thinks so. Fungi produce a hydrocarbon blend similar to jet fuel. They naturally do many of the complex chemical processes that drive the costs of other biofuels up. Dr Ahring and her colleagues hope to have a fungi biofuel ready to scale out into the market five years from now.