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Marine hydropower firm proposes hydro research, demonstration facility

A tidal hydropower firm has proposed building a $62 million hydro research and demonstration facility at Half Moon Cove in Maine's Cobscook Bay, according to media reports.

Halcyon Marine Hydroelectric, with offices in Utah and Washington, D.C., is willing to fund the project, but ownership and 85 percent of the revenues would be retained by the city of Eastport, media reported.

Halcyon said their “tidal wing” is a new type of hydropower system that generates power through the ebb and flow of the tides, according to local media reports.

In other news, RWE Innogy and Voith Hydro are installing a 1-MW marine tidal current turbine off the Scottish coast through joint venture Voith Hydro Ocean Current Technologies, project developers reported.

The turbine is to commence a two-year trial at the European Marine Energy Centre in the Orkney Islands in 2011.

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