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On August 31, 2016, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) of Portland, Maine will receive $5,350,000 through the Department of Energy to enhance the performance of its tidal turbine system. ORPC was one of 10 organizations across the country to receive funding to support the development of a commercially viable marine and hydrokinetic industry.
ORPC plans to use the grant to enhance the performance of its tidal turbine system by integrating several advanced component technologies. The device's novel floating design will move the turbine near the surface to capture higher flow velocities and will help reduce the cost of installation and on-water operations, ultimately lowering the cost of energy. This project will demonstrate and monitor turbine performance during its deployment in Cobscook Bay.
Image credit: ORPC's TidGen® turbine generator unit being readied for installation at Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project site, courtesy of ORPC.