Marine-hydrokinetic energy and the environment: Observations, modeling, and basic processes

Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Michele Guala, Fotis Sotiropoulos

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Abstract

Research at the Interface of Marine Hydrokinetic Energy and the Environment: A Workshop; Minneapolis, Minnesota, 5-7 October 2011 Marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy harvesting technologies convert the kinetic energy of waves and water currents into power to generate electricity. Although these technologies are in early stages of development compared to other renewable technologies, such as solar and wind energy, they offer electricity consumers situated near coastlines or inland rivers an alternative energy technology that can help meet renewable portfolio standards. However, the potential environmental impacts of MHK energy are far from well understood, both in general principles and in site-specific cases. As pressure for new MHK energy licenses builds, accelerated research in providing the scientific understanding of harnessing the natural power of water for renewable energy at a competitive cost and without harming the environment becomes a priority.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111
Number of pages1
JournalEos
Volume93
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

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