Entrepreneur Seeks Shelter Island Tidal Energy Test
April 3, 2012
Shelter Island Reporter: A sculptor turned inventor and entrepreneur is asking Shelter Island [New York] to give him at least 1 site offshore to test a tidal turbine system he maintains would not only save the town money on its electric bills but might even yield some revenue.
E.K. “Ken” von der Heyden this month made his proposal to the Waterways Management Advisory Committee, explaining that his “MoonCurrent” generator would sit on a pontoon platform housing a turbine engine that would be turned by the current to generate power. He hopes to anchor it just offshore in the channel west off Mabel’s Creek west of the South Ferry terminal. An alternative site would be near Coecles Harbor.