Maine institute awards additional $200,000 to tidal developer

The Maine Technology Institute made an additional $200,000 award to tidal power developer ORPC Maine LLC to continue commercial development of its technology to generate power from tidal currents.

ORPC Maine, an Ocean Renewable Power Co. LLC subsidiary, announced receipt of the award March 3. MTI made an initial $300,000 award to ORPC Maine in 2007 to support commercial development of tidal power. (HNN 1/14/08)

ORPC Maine is in the testing phase of a $1 million Ocean Current Generation (OCGen) demonstration project at its Cobscook Bay and Western Passage sites near Eastport, Maine. Test data will be used to complete the commercial design of a turbine-generator over the next year, the company said.

�With MTI’s support, we will continue our aggressive development path toward commercialization of our technology and projects that will provide clean, emission-free electricity to the entire region,� ORPC Maine President Chris Sauer said.

Ocean Renewable Power Co. said it anticipates securing additional private capital during summer 2008, followed by testing of the commercial design in spring 2009.

ORPC Maine and the city of Eastport formalized a partnership in 2006 to advance development of the 23.7-MW Cobscook Bay OCGen Power (No. 12711) and 18.96-MW Western Passage OCGen Power (No. 12680) tidal power projects.

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