Gallery: NYC’s East River May Get Tidal Power Plant

Free Flow System turbines being installed in the East River for testing in September 2008 (Image © Christopher R. Gray/Verdant Power, Inc.)
The application submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee, which Verdant filed back in December, calls for the installation of 30 new tidal power turbines in the river's fast moving east channel. The company's three-blade Free Flow System turbines work -- and look -- similarly to wind turbines; they capture the power of the tides just as wind turbines capture energy from air movement.

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  1. mph July 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    How many megawatts will this generate? How much will it cost?