New York Tidal Energy makes progress on New York City project

New York Tidal Energy (NYTE) has made significant design and engineering study progress toward production of a tidal energy device for its tidal energy project in the East River off of New York City.

“Following substantial investment this last quarter we will have components manufactured to current design study specifications ordered by January 15th, delivered by our manufacturing partners by mid-March, and assembled for final pre-deployment testing studies by the US Navy in May,” said the company in a Dec. 31 update filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This every six-months update is required under a preliminary permit issued by FERC in January 2011.

The proposed East River Tidal Energy Pilot Project would consist of: a 2-meter-diameter, 20-kW capacity hydrokinetic device during Phase 1, which would be replaced by a 6-meter-diameter, 200-kW device in Phase 2; and a 1,300-foot transmission cable that would interconnect with the existing Wards Island Park System. Based on the proposed 250 hours of testing operation per year, the project is estimated to have an annual generation of 5 megawatt-hours per-year, which would be sold to a local utility.

“Toward optimizing the strongest current of East River test locations we are finalizing a study that will be the basis for requested collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey per suggestion of the NY Harbor Safety Committee,” the Dec. 31 update added. “This study will provide specifics of a request for NOAA cooperation in creating an extremely detailed multi-beam 3D visualization data of East River / Hell Gate bathymetry. NYTE has also continued analysis of Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler measurements provided us by the Center for Maritime Systems at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and design plans for the five point anchoring system now felt most appropriate in this area following earlier guidance from the Eastern Section Regulatory Branch of the USACE NY District.”

Upon completion of the first in situ testing, a barge mounted device with no interconnection to land will provide monitoring information employed for submission of the pilot license application. NYTE will then test the device for a longer period with an interconnection to land upon pilot license application approval.

NYTE said its outreach efforts were “cordially received” by the offices of incoming New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s staff, who suggested that the company re-contact them in mid-January after they have identified the best person(s) available with expertise in defining and developing New York City stakeholder interests and integration of renewable hydro power.

Tidal power facilities have been deployed in other countries with strong tidal currents, like Scotland, with limited use so far in the U.S.

The company contact is: Dan Power,
New York Tidal Energy Co.,
 Suite 100, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20036, (202) 465-6405,

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