Tidal Energy Plants Coming to Florida

This morning Minesto, the Swedish developer of ocean and tidal current technology, announced it has signed an agreement with Florida Atlantic University (FAU) to study the technical, environmental, and economic feasibility of its technology. The plan involves constructing demonstration plants for commercial use in Florida. Florida Atlantic University (FAU) was chosen in part because it is the home to the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center(SNMREC), a federally-designated U.S. research and testing center with the mission to help accelerate the commercial realization of marine renewable energy recovery, with a preliminary focus on the Gulf Stream.

The technology and opportunity

Minesto's tidal and ocean current power plant called Deep Green looks like an underwater kite and is based on a fundamentally new principle for electricity generation from tidal and ocean currents. Deep Green recently became the first known marine power plant to generate electricity from low velocity currents, which is seen as a breakthrough for marine energy.

According to the US Department of Energy the Gulf Stream can supply nearly 30% of the power consumption in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, which is up to 163TWh electricity. In monetary value that's equivalent to $15bn per year in sales of electricity.

Do you think tidal energy will take off in US costal areas?