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Sunday, May 01, 2005

Offshore Wind for Georgia?

This article, Georgia Tech Savannah's Alternative Energy Research Set To Take Center Stage (Savannah Business 4/25/05) reports on a new program starting at Georgia Tech-Savannah to explore and develop alternative forms of energy. The university is co-hosting a conference on the subject, "Alternative Energy Technology Innovations: The Coming Boom,” May 12-13 at its Savannah campus in the Crossroad Business Center in Pooler.
The conference is co-hosted by InfinitEnergy and the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Initiative and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The two-day event will offer an in-depth look at the current state of innovative alternative energy technologies, their potential economic impact and future directions in wind energy, solar energy, tidal energy, biomass and hydrogen.

The program would focus on offshore wind as well as tidal power. According to a source quoted in the artice, Savannah has the leg up on a lot of other places when it comes to producing this type of energy because it has significant tides twice a day. Under the program, one to two submerged structures harnessing the power of the waves would be placed offshore and done in conjunction with the wind harnessing project.

The Savannah program, as well as a program at Oregon State University (see this previous post show that support for wave projects may be coming from the universities - which is good news for the future of the technology.


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