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Verdant Power deploys three tidal turbines in New York City’s East River

Marine renewable energy company Verdant Power has installed an array of three tidal power turbines at its Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project site in the East River in New York City.

The deployment came as the first U.S. tidal power project licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, according to a press release.

The RITE Project activity is a technology demonstration of Verdant Power’s fifth-generation tidal power system and its TriFrame™ mounting system, which it says is the next step on a pathway to global commercialization and profitable commercial operations.

This pre-commercial demonstration of the integrated system is designed to optimize the economics of installation and maintenance over its 20-year life and to prove performance. This design provides for readily scalable systems to larger sizes for deeper and faster tidal straits.

The RITE Project, as a grid-connected array of tidal power turbines, provides the metrics for system performance and operational costs, which are scalable to other sites, and demonstrates a marine renewable energy project as distributed generation for alternative global market opportunities.

“We are proud to be the first licensed tidal power project in the U.S,” said Verdant Power Chief Executive Officer John T. Banigan. “Today we are demonstrating clean power from the tidal currents and that tidal power is a viable energy resource advancing our industry in the U.S. and globally.”

The RITE Project will provide clean electricity to Roosevelt Island through a distributed generation connection to Con Edison’s local grid and is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the U.S. Department of Energy, in addition to New York private equity investors.