Maine Tidal Power Project Moves Forward
August 21, 2013
A project studying the potential to harness tidal power and turn it into electricity is moving forward in Maine’s Cobscook Bay, according to an article in the Bangor Daily News.
Ocean Renewable Power Company, based in Portland, Maine, placed a turbine generator in the bay last year, producing electricity as the incoming and outgoing tide pushed the foils of a device. It is the first commercial pilot project in North America that converts the power of the tides into electricity and connects to the energy grid. When operating, it generates enough electricity to provide power to about 25 homes. The company has been learning from the yearlong project and is moving forward to phase two — the deployment of two more devices in 2014.