Accession Number PB2013-107610
Title Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Energy's Marine and Hydrokinetic Resource Assessments.
Publication Date 2013
Media Count 168p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Increasing renewable energy development, both within the United States and abroad, has rekindled interest in the potential for marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) resources to contribute to electricity generation. These resources derive from ocean tides, waves, and currents; temperature gradients in the ocean; and free-flowing rivers and streams. One measure of the interest in the possible use of these resources for electricity generation is the increasing number of permits that have been filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As of December 2012, FERC had issued 4 licenses and 84 preliminary permits, up from virtually zero a decade ago. However, most of these permits are for developments along the Mississippi River, and the actual benefit realized from all MHK resources is extremely small. The first U.S. commercial grid-connected project, a tidal project in Maine with a capacity of less than 1 megawatt (MW), is currently delivering a fraction of that power to the grid and is due to be fully installed in 2013.
Keywords Coastal waters
Cost effectiveness
Electricity
Hydrokinetic power
Marine
Ocean thermal power plants
Power generation
Renewable energy sources
Resource assessment
Rivers
Streams
Temperature gradients
Tidal power plants
Water currents
Water waves


 
Source Agency National Academy of Science National Research Council
NTIS Subject Category 97O - Miscellaneous Energy Conversion & Storage
97N - Solar Energy
47 - Ocean Sciences & Technology
Corporate Author National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. Ocean Studies Board.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1316
Contract Number N/A

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