New York’s East River gets first tidal energy project

Verdant Power has got the all clear to install the first tidal energy pilot system in New York City’s East River.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has awarded Verdant a ten year license that will allow the company to move forward with its Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project.

The company has already tested six turbines in the strait between New York Harbor and the Long Island Sound, generating power for a local supermarket, reports Energy Efficiency news.

The new license will enable Verdant to test a1050 kW system for its commercial viability. The system, which comprises turbine generator units mounted on the riverbed, will capture energy from the river’s tidal flow and generate electricity for 9500 homes on Roosevelt Island.

“Issuing a pilot license for an innovative technology is a major step in the effort to help our country meet our renewable energy goals,” says FERC chair Jon Wellinghoff.

If the initial tests prove successful, Verdant plans to apply for a full commercial license the develop the site in the long term.

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