Tidal power, finally!

By | May 21, 2012
This is exciting news: tidal turbines may be leaving the experimental phase and heading to production soon. Those dreams of offshore tidal-powered data centers and powerhouses for the (stormy) world are a step closer to reality.

Offshore power has always been a challenge – thanks to the harsh marine weather conditions. It is certainly exciting to see a first turbine pass the tests, but also leaves some interesting questions open: are such turbines compatible with marine ecosystems, or will we be eliminating too much wildlife along the way? What is the life span and maintenance costs of such a generator, and will it be able to recoup its costs without government subsidies? How can these generators be most effectively tethered to the powwer grid?

/via +Justin Bacon 

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7 thoughts on “Tidal power, finally!

  1. barqzr davi

    loloz , :)) i just hadn't thought of static pressure as viable when we have such huge captive differential potential

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  2. barqzr davi

    hmm i always focused more on the tidal differential in large bodies like Bay of Fundy ,, as being more lucrative ?

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