Company investigating tidal power in Cook Inlet gets $1.3M in federal energy grants
September 17, 2009
Portland, Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. today was awarded two Department of Energy grants, totaling more than $1.3 million, to develop tidal power technology. The first DOE grant of $750,000 will help ORPC develop a standard mooring system for the tidal generators the company is building. The mooring system will be tested and deployed in the waters off Eastport, where ORPC is developing a tidal power project. The second grant, for $600,000, is to help the company monitor the effects of tidal generators on marine mammals, particularly whales. That technology will be tested at an ORPC facility in Cook Inlet, Alaska, according to the release.