Friday, February 5, 2010

East River Hydroelectric Power One Step Closer

East River

With a few final design tweaks, a hydroelectric power project on the East River is one step closer to providing New York City with green electricity, accordign to the NY Daily News.

Verdant Power is about to wrap up its commercial license application, which means it could begin installing as many as 30 underwater turbines between Queens and Roosevelt Island by 2011.

The turbines would collectively provide 1 megawatt of electricity - enough to power 30,000 houses, said Trey Taylor, president of Verdant.

"There is such a demand for energy right now," he said. "We're showing that this technology is viable."

It hasn't been an easy road. After eight years of research and testing, Verdant came up with a final project design in December.

It includes a new "optimized turbine," which is smaller and has fewer parts than the ones it initially used, Taylor said.

Read More:

Change is in the wind, thanks to green East River hydroelectric power project
New York Daily News - February 5, 2010 by  - Leigh Remizowski 

CBC News - Mary Ann Colihan - April 18, 2008

Financial Times - December 21, 2005 - by Kevin Allison

New York Times - July 10, 2004 -  By Ian Urbina

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