Verdant Power has been awarded a 10-year license for a tidal wave energy plant in New York City’s East River.
Verdant, which has been pushing the project forward since 2002, has tested six turbines there, which is actually a tidal strait between the New York Harbor and the Long Island Sound. The power produced by that demonstration project powered a Gristedes supermarket and a parking garage on Roosevelt Island.
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First-Ever US Commercial License for Tidal Power Issued
On January 23, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a pilot commercial license for the RITE Project – the first-ever commercial license for tidal power in the United States. Under the license, Verdant Power plans to develop a 1 MW pilot project in the East Channel of the East River comprised of up to 30 commercial class (Generation 5) turbines, which would be installed in a staged approach. The pilot license issued to Verdant Power is for 10 years.
Verdant Power’s license application was submitted under FERC’s newly established Hydrokinetic Pilot Project Licensing Procedures, developed to allow for the advancement of U.S. hydrokinetic technologies (tidal, river, wave power), while maintaining FERC oversight and agency input.
Generation 4 System Demonstration Success
Verdant Power achieved a major milestone by successfully completing a demonstration of its 4th Generation (Gen4) Free Flow System at the RITE Project. The demonstration was conducted during 2006-09 as Phase 2 of the RITE Project and included the operation of six full-scale tidal turbines, representing the world’s first operation of a grid-connected tidal turbine array.
Through the effort, Verdant Power successfully demonstrated the Gen4 Free Flow System as an efficient source of renewable energy with the following outcomes:
- Excellent hydrodynamic, mechanical and electrical performance;
- Grid-connected power with no power quality problems;
- Fully bidirectional operation – passive yawing with high efficiency on both ebb and flood tides;
- Automatic control and continuous, unattended operation;
- No fouling or damage from debris;
- 70 megawatt hours of energy delivered to two end users;
- 9,000 turbine-hours of operation.
- Operational and environmental data gathered to inform design of commercial class (Gen5) Free Flow System for future installations.
The RITE Project demonstration system stands as the world’s first grid-connected array of tidal turbines.