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Discussion page for Directory:Blue Energy
Company now implementing its technology commercially. Turbine design, which acts as a highly efficient underwater vertical-axis windmill, could product energy for as cheaply as two cents per kilowatt hour, well below commercial grid energy wholesale prices today.
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Would it be possible to build tidal flat areas on Barrier Islands, such as those on the east coast of the USA, creating an ideal tidal flow area for power production?
If vertical axis turbines are such a great idea, why aren't they used in any traditional hydro electric technologies, such as dams?
What is your anticipated cost per kWh?
There are many possible renewable technologies out there and the reason they are not implemented is cost. What is yours?
To help distinguish this product from the kind of pie in the sky ideas that you see in Pupular Science, can you provide some actual photos instead of just drawings?
On Oct. 8, 2006, New Energy Congress member, Hal Ade of Gatineau, Quebec wrote:
I agree with you that Blue Energy's technology is ready to go right now, and for hydro-electric power, is probably
the best there is in terms of cost per KiloWatt installed and high energy density ... except for:
Huge cost of additional TRANSMISSION LINES, thousands of miles long from the electro-generation source to the point(s) of use. As in the U.S., our lines in Canada have to be upgraded for that extra "juice".
[We must factor in the] charges to the consumer additional to the 2 cents/Kwhr production cost: transmission-line losses and maintenance, consumption taxes for external purchases of electricity. [There is also] the NIMBY effect, when it comes to rights-of-way, and having Blue-Energy generators in coastal waters and rivers that local folks think they own, and on which they wish to collect rent from end-users. That can bring the rate up to the current 11 cents/KWHr for end users ... plus sales taxes, of course.
[Grid power vulnerability due to] possible terroristic attacks, bad weather destruction and other environment-based acts.
Potential competition from in-building energy [generation from new exotic technologies coming forward, with a price point substantially lower than present grid prices]. [For example], if Directory:Magnetic Power Inc gets the funding Mark Goldes hopes is coming, that'll be the beginning of a watershed era, just as with the Apple computer.
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Rebuttal : "A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush." Blue Energy technology is proven and ready. Not only is it projected to be superior to all hydro technologies, but it is apparently superior to solar and wind. -- SilverThunder 12:19, 8 Oct 2006 (EDT)
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