The U.S. Department of Energy has created a list of clean energy sources that includes the following:
- Solar energy
- Wind energy
- Geothermal energy
These energy sources are renewable and create little or no pollution, making them green-friendly options for utilities and state agencies in supplying the necessary power for homes, businesses and industrial use.
Clean and Sustainable Energy
The NC Sustainable Energy Association defines clean energy as power that is derived from zero-emissions sources that regenerate within a short period of time. Hydropower is included in the list of clean and renewable energy sources. Power derived from marine currents is renewable, sustainable and capable of generating continuous power 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This makes it a practical choice for producing electricity to serve the Gulf Coast and other areas of the United States.
How Hydropower Works
According to the Water Power Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy, hydropower is generated by harnessing the kinetic energy in running water or ocean currents. That energy is then converted into electricity by using turbines and generators. The electricity produced can be put to work immediately or can be stored to provide power for a wide range of industrial, commercial and residential needs.
Plentiful and Sustainable Power
It is estimated that the eight billion gallons of water that travel along the Florida Gulf Coast current every minute could produce as much as six gigawatts of electricity. In conjunction with government agencies and private partners, OceanBased Perpetual Energy has created a valuable alternative to fossil fuels by suspending ocean current energy converters 300 feet deep in the Florida Gulf Stream current. These systems harvest the kinetic energy of the current to provide clean and reliable energy on a continuous basis. The energy harnessed in this way is then transferred to onshore substations where it can be fed directly into the power grid.
At OceanBased, we are committed to the most sustainable and practical applications for marine hydropower. We are a Preferred Partner with the U.S. Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center in developing marine renewables that can provide clean and environmentally responsible energy in a practical and cost-effective way. We are revolutionizing the hydropower industry with innovative solutions that could create a greener future. To learn more about our marine hydropower systems, call OceanBased today at 305-714-9460. We look forward to the opportunity to touch base with you.