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Old 07-25-2012, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Lubec, ME
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Nation's first commercial, grid-tied tidal turbine deployed


Makes me proud. They deserve the accolades out there.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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It's worth the effort. It'll be interesting to see how it works out.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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Very cool!
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Lubec, ME
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That's from Philly. Apparently it is a national and international news story. They said right now it can power 25-30 homes but they are in the process of building a network that can power 1500+. I'd say that's about as many homes as are in the Cobscook Bay area.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:20 PM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Boston Globe and NY Times were there too. Big doin's on the island. Angus King was in town for it along with Baldacci. Angus is on a motorcycle tour to Kittery looking for votes. (I'd have liked to gotten my bike and rode with him. Not because of my vote but just the cruise to Bangor, Bethel and Kittery.) Lot's of inpo'tent folk for the dedication. Hope this all works well.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:15 PM
 
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I wonder if this could be scaled up to the point that coastal residents could use electric to heat.
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:10 AM
 
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There is a photo from the late 1800s I've seen recently of the Winnegance area of Bath, on the Kennebec below the city proper, that shows a line of perhaps 10 or 12 small factories lined up cheek by jowl on a bridge (now a causeway) over part of a cove on the river. All of them used tidal-powered waterwheels to run shingle saws, shoe shops, sewing machines, and other equipment.

What was old is new again. Hope to see much more of this in the future. The old bridges over the Kennebec at Bath and the Penobscot at Bucksport would be ideal tidal power generating stations IMHO.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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It is good to see progress being made in this manner.
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Lubec, ME
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There are definitely spots that can pull of very small amounts of tidal power but nothing like Cobscook and the Western Passage. The tides over there are double the size of what is experienced 80 miles down the coast in the Bar Harbor area, let alone farther down toward Portland.
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:22 PM
 
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I wonder if this could be scaled up to the point that coastal residents could use electric to heat.
As I was headed up to a parade in guilford this a.m.

on 103.9 they were discussing the tidal turbines- one of the moderators was railing against this- this tidal expenditure, will only harness enough energy to supply 25 houses, thats it


to me, its a start- I like the idea of affordable alternative energies-
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