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Old 10-22-2008, 10:51 AM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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Off the coast of Portugal, three wave generators started operating in the northern coast. When will the US catch up!?!?

http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/22/...ant-goes-live/
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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while it apears a step in the right direction I'll quote the story "Naturally, the amount of electricity generated depends upon the power of the waves at any given time, so like wind and solar energy, the electricity generated is not on demand" We live in a usage on demand based world not a use it when it's there world.............I also do not see reference to capitol and O&M cost......
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Old 10-22-2008, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Venice Florida
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Take it a step further and have the electricity generated be used to break water into hydrogen and oxygen. Then take the hydrogen in shore to power on demand power plants, or hydrogen powered transportation.
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
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The United States catch up? We are too money driven in the US to ever "catch up" with all the other countries. Its all about money and power and having the big corporations tell us what we want and then give it to us to make the rich, richer. Why did GM Motor Company give up on the electric car back in the day when they were on the right track? Why did they chrush those cars and then shortly after join forces with the oil companies? Its all about money, and just keeping up so we are not totally left behind, not catching up.
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:36 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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we have some pretty advanced stage testing or wave energy in Oregon, been 'cooking' for several yrs.
News and Communication Services at Oregon State University (http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2008/Oct08/oceantest.html - broken link)
Off Oregon's coast, wave power makes a splash - Breaking News From Oregon & Portland - Oregonlive.com
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Baywood Park
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The problem with the US is not enough people will be willing when they think they'll have to look at those snakes from the front deck of their house. Try and put those in CA and see the protests, "it would ruin the CA coastline". I can hear it now. Like the T. Boone Pickens plan. Renewable energy? OK, but then an evironmental group is opposed to the wind turbines because of migrating birds. Cake and eat it too? What gives?
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Old 10-24-2008, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Eastport, Maine has the highest tides in the continental US and active research on how to put it to best use. They're on the verge of being able to provide power to up to 5,000 homes with a goal of 22,000 goals to follow.

We're also making progress with wind power. We have one farm running, a second with turbines up but not running yet, and several more in the planning stages.
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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IRRC the Passamoquoddy Tidal Power project was started 50 years ago but cheap oil and politics put it on standby. Time to get working on it again.
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