Tidal Power for San Francisco
HYDRO VENTURI LTD LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)
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The City of San Francisco is uniquely situated to take advantage of a tremendous tidal resource in its backyard. City Officials recently passed a resolution committing the City to developing a 1 megawatt tidal power station within the next three years. Several choice sites are available within the San Francisco Bay. Models of bay circulation developed with 20 years of recorded data exist to verify the tidal resource. A new technology with no moving parts underwater, takes advantage of a venturi created by design of the subsea tidal station. All mechanical moving parts for the system are on land including conventional air-driven turbines used to generate electricity from the venturi suction. An assessment of environmental considerations for using this technology are briefly discussed.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Electric Power Production and Distribution
- Water Pollution and Control