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Written by Annie Tang

Verdant Power is a world leader in marine renewable energy, and is now getting closer and closer to its dreams of lighting up New York City with its Free Flow Kinetic Hydropower System.

The underwater turbines channel energy from the fast-flowing waters of the river tides, which spin the three blades of the turbines. This movement is used to generate clean and renewable energy.

Initiated in 2002, the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project aims to eventually achieve construction of a 30-turbine tidal power system in the East Channel of the East River. It has completed the first two stages of the project in which it tested the project, then demonstrated its feasibility by constructing and operating six full-scale (5m diameter rotor) Free Flow System turbines in the East River.These pilot turbines were able to generate energy for New York City businesses without any power quality problems. As the project progresses, Verdant Power and federal and state agencies are continuing to monitor the environment to ensure that the construction has no negative impact on wildlife in the area.

Verdant is now on the third and final stage of its project: the Build-Out phase. It has begun by filing an application for a pilot license to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As the project progresses, Verdant Power and federal and state agencies are continuing to monitor the environment to ensure that the construction has no negative impact on wildlife in the area. When completed, the project will be the world’s first grid-connected array of tidal turbines and should generate up to 500 megawatts to power New York City and the metropolitan area.

Due to the success of its tests in the East River, the company has begun a similar project in Ontario, Canada on the St. Lawrence River. It is also collaborating with the China Energy Conservation Environment Protection Group (CECEP) on much needed clean energy tidal projects in China as well. With the improvement in green energy technologies, expect to see an increase in efficient electrical systems that are based on renewable resources, and now our cities’ waterways. 

 


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