Gallery: Dutch Propose Using Dikes to Generate Power


Though the Dutch are known for their windmills, they may be looking to underwater turbines for energy in the near future. In 1953 a massive flood decimated a large part of The Netherlands, killing 1,800 people on the south-west coast of the country. Dikes were devised and installed along the coastline to prevent future flooding. In their wake they left a host of man-made freshwater lakes — now stagnant and home to unpleasant algae — and shut the tides out of the large estuaries. A group of engineers is now proposing a plan to cut a few holes in the structures to allow the saltwater to return. The revised dikes would reinstate natural habitat and could create a network of tidal power plants that would provide electricity to the region.

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  3. Estuaries Could Provide... November 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    […] Estuaries may be good for more than harboring wildlife and creating beautiful scenery; they could also supply power to the grid, according to researchers at the Dutch Center for Sustainable Water Technology, the University of Groningen and the University of Twente. Dutch researchers discovered that electricity can be harvested from estuaries using fuel cell-like devices that have no moving parts (so they won’t break or hurt wildlife) and can add power to the grid quickly — as fast as freshwater from estuaries is dumped into salt water in the sea. […]

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