Ontario invests in 15-MW St. Lawrence hydrokinetic project

The government of Ontario it is making a $2.2 million (US$2.16 million) investment in Verdant Power Canada’s 15-MW hydrokinetic project on the St. Lawrence River near Cornwall.

The government announced it is providing money for the Cornwall Ontario River Energy project from its Innovation Demonstration Fund. The fund supports bio-based, environmental, and alternative energy projects, helping companies demonstrate and commercialize technologies.

Verdant said it will install the company’s proprietary Free Flow Turbine technology to test the feasibility of using the technology on a larger scale. The Free Flow Turbine is a three-blade horizontal-axis turbine designed to capture energy from the natural flows of tidal or river currents.

River-deployed Free Flow Turbines are fixed and generate power on the single, continuous flow of the river throughout the day, Verdant said. Depending on the site, various types of devices can be used to anchor the turbines under water. Free Flow Turbine projects can be scaled to various sizes and installed capacities, the company said.

Verdant Power, with offices in Ontario and the U.S., is involved in project development at other sites including the 10-MW Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project in New York’s East River. (HNN 9/20/06) It is pursuing other projects with water agencies in California, seeking to harness the hydrokinetic potential of constructed waterways.

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