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Friday, January 21, 2011

Tidal Power

ORPC’s (Ocean Renewable Power Company) TidGen Power System is a technology that converts tidal, river, or deep-water ocean currents into sources of renewable electricity. The company recently signed an agreement with local construction management and assembly services in Eastport and Lubec, Maine, to install and deploy the ORPC system. Eastport also received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to set up the Maine Marine Energy Center, which will produce the components and sub-assemblies needed to capture ocean energy. ORPC’s in-stream turbines are mounted to the sea floor, and the natural currents spin the turbines to create electricity. ORPC hopes to deploy a turbine that will have a rated capacity of 150 kilowatts— enough to light 50 to 75 homes—before the end of next year. It should be the first significant source of tidal energy in the United States.

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