First Commercial Hydrokinetic Turbine Installed in US
- The United States' first hydrokinetic turbine was recently installed
in the Mississippi River. The turbine, which harnesses power from
moving water, is downstream from a hydroelectric-plant dam.
With a production capacity of only 35 KW, Minnesota's turbine isn't
exactly a heavy hitter, but it will increase the dam's capacity by
over 5 percent.
It also signals the beginning of a new energy trend. Hydro Green, the
company behind the project, plans on installing two six-foot
hydrokinetic turbines in the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers that can
produce 1,600 MW combined.
A competing company called Free Flow Power Corp. also has its sights
set on turbine production in the Mississipi River.
Expect even more projects in the near future Congress passed a bill
this year extending tax incentives for hydrokinetic turbines through 2016.