Friday, October 08, 2010

UMaine tidal power research wins $1M grant


UMaine tidal power research wins $1M grant


The University of Maine's Tidal Power Initiative has won a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to help determine the environmental impact protocols at Ocean Renewable Power Co.'s tidal turbine test site in Eastport.

A group of researchers and students headed up by engineering professor Michael "Mick" Peterson has been working with ORPC for more than two years and is researching the turbine's impact on fish and sea life in Cobscook Bay, according to a press release from UMaine. The results of the studies will be used to establish protocols for evaluating and monitoring other tidal energy projects in the area. The funding will also support testing the university's Maine Tidal Turbine in the laboratory and in the field, and evaluating a small-scale tidal energy site in the Bagaduce River, near Wiscasset. Work force development efforts in the area of renewable energy are also included in the $1 million grant.

The Maine Tidal Power Initiative is in its second year and has been awarded a total of $4 million in government and non-government funds, according to the release.


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