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By Robert Rapier on May 7, 2009 with no responses

Interview with The Reef Tank

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by a website called The Reef Tank about doing an interview with them on Energy and The Marine World. At first I said that this was a bit outside my expertise, but they said that was OK; I could just try to answer the questions to the best of my ability. We discussed my background and my interest in energy, this blog, climate change, and energy from the oceans. They have asked me if I would mind linking to the interview so they might reach a scientifically-minded audience that is of a somewhat different cross-section than what they might normally reach. The interview is available at the link above. Below are excerpts:… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Feb 15, 2008 with no responses

Infinite Underwater Energy

I am always on the lookout for novel energy sources that don’t have obvious knockout factors. I have kept vaguely abreast of developments around tidal energy, and it always seemed like this should be a very attractive option for the energy needs of coastal communities. I was present at an alternative energy presentation last year where I heard that the primary problem is that the tides tend to tear the equipment up. It has to be able to withstand the worst conditions it could possibly see, and in the ocean that can be pretty bad. While this is a serious problem for tidal energy, this morning I spotted a different variation of this concept. I have heard this mentioned before,… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Nov 16, 2007 with no responses

Harnessing the Tides

I saw an interesting story from the Miami Herald a few days ago: Keys man’s dream: Harnessing the tides KEY WEST — Douglas Bedgood recently stood on a defunct Henry Flagler railroad bridge, watching as the tide forcefully moved water from the Gulf of Mexico through a channel to the Atlantic Ocean. What he saw was untapped energy. Enough tidal power, he believes, to light and cool every residence and business in the Lower Keys. To capture that power and convert it to electricity, Bedgood founded Florida Keys Hydro Power Research Corp. in July. The nonprofit is working to put underwater tidal turbine farms in the Keys’ channels. “People have been talking about this for a long time: Why not… Continue»