Marine-hydrokinetic energy and the environment: Observations, modeling, and basic processes

Authors

  • Efi Foufoula-Georgiou,

    1. Department of Civil Engineering, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics, University of Minnesota,Minneapolis, USA
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  • Michele Guala,

    1. Department of Civil Engineering, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics, University of Minnesota,Minneapolis, USA
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  • Fotis Sotiropoulos

    1. Department of Civil Engineering, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics, University of Minnesota,Minneapolis, USA
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Abstract

Research at the Interface of Marine Hydrokinetic Energy and the Environment: A Workshop; Minneapolis, Minnesota, 5–7 October 2011 Marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy harvesting technologies convert the kinetic energy of waves and water currents into power to generate electricity. Although these technologies are in early stages of development compared to other renewable technologies, such as solar and wind energy, they offer electricity consumers situated near coastlines or inland rivers an alternative energy technology that can help meet renewable portfolio standards. However, the potential environmental impacts of MHK energy are far from well understood, both in general principles and in site-specific cases. As pressure for new MHK energy licenses builds, accelerated research in providing the scientific understanding of harnessing the natural power of water for renewable energy at a competitive cost and without harming the environment becomes a priority.

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