In late May, Miami’s Atlantic shores were witness to a landmark moment for proponents of ocean current energy.
Some 30km off the coast of Broward and Palm Beach counties, startup OceanBased dropped a set of ocean current energy converters 25m into the sea. As the 12-strong crew aboard research vessel Go America looked on, the turbines completed a 24-hour operational cycle. Clean, renewable and continuous power was generated from the Gulf Stream in a historic first (as certified by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) researchers). “We did it,” enthused OceanBased chair Nasser Alshemaimry in an interview with the World Ocean Initiative. “This is going to change the world.”
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