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Another article about FAU's Center Of Excellence: Gulf Stream Turbines

If this research project is successful, this will be yet another feather in FAU's cap. Pretty soon there will be a full indian chief head dress.

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FAU's college of engineering ROCKS! :)

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faualum said

If this research project is successful, this will be yet another feather in FAU's cap. Pretty soon there will be a full indian chief head dress.

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FAU's college of engineering ROCKS! :)

As long as they get properly funded they do…

I was elated to hear that the ocean engineering team had built a human-powered submarine and set a Guiness record with it… then I was disappointed because afterward they couldn't get funding to maintain it and/or build a better one, so another school beat the record.

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owlcountry said

faualum said

If this research project is successful, this will be yet another feather in FAU's cap. Pretty soon there will be a full indian chief head dress.

Tapping the Gulf Stream for Energy - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

FAU's college of engineering ROCKS! :)

As long as they get properly funded they do…

I was elated to hear that the ocean engineering team had built a human-powered submarine and set a Guiness record with it… then I was disappointed because afterward they couldn't get funding to maintain it and/or build a better one, so another school beat the record.


The worse thing that ever happen, is for them to lose that race (competition) they started & someone else sponsored it
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faualum said

If this research project is successful, this will be yet another feather in FAU's cap. Pretty soon there will be a full indian chief head dress.

Tapping the Gulf Stream for Energy - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

FAU's college of engineering ROCKS! :)

GREAT Article faualum thanks for sharing. Pretty interesting and this would be great for not only us but the rest of the country if we were successfull in tapping the gulf stream

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the article mentions the energy could be used for desalination of sea water. That reminded me that I read something a year or two ago of some FAU students working on a desalination system that was low energy or had some economic advantage. What ever happened to that?

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Along with Bytors comment… I can see another school or institute sliding in and taking all the credit for making this happen. Money talks.

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It looks like Nova already is assessing the environmental impacts that the turbines would have. I wish they would have been working on this while I was still at FAU. This seems like a real good idea to our energy problems, but I think it will be tough to have this operation permitted on a commercial scale. This will have much of the same opposition as drilling for oil off of our coast will, but on a smaller scale, since it will be under water. I think the environmental groups, and state and federal environmental agencies will make this a difficult project. The experiment should be fine, I am just thinking in the future, on a large scale. Either way, I am pretty excited to see what this study comes up with.

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This is GREAT news!!! ;) :D ;D

Alot of good stuff has been happening lately but these budget cuts will hurt no doubt.


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http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2008/01/31/0131FAUCRIST.html



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Crist pledges $10 million to FAU's ocean power generators
By By KIMBERLY MILLER

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Thursday, January 31, 2008

DANIA BEACH Florida Atlantic University researcher Rick Driscoll spent 10 minutes last fall explaining to Gov. Charlie Crist how the powerful Gulf Stream can be harnessed to create clean energy for the Sunshine State.

On Thursday, those 10 minutes translated to big bucks as Crist announced he was giving Driscoll's project, which is part of FAU's Center of Excellence in Ocean Energy, $10 million in his proposed 2008-2009 budget.

The money, which is in the proposed Department of Environmental Protection budget, is on top of $5 million the project received in state dollars in 2006.

Crist has made energy conservation and the search for alternative energy sources a priority of his administration. He traveled to FAU's Sea Tech campus in Dania Beach to make the $10 million announcement.

"We're looking at solar, we're looking at wind, and to have the vast amount of energy from the Gulf Stream so close to the Florida coast is another area to explore," Crist said.

The governor's budget is still subject to legislative changes when the session begins in March.

The Gulf Stream, a warm water flow that skims the coast of South Florida, is the planet's largest, most energy-dense ocean current.

The project at FAU aims to place turbines in that current to produce electricity.

Although harnessing ocean energy has been considered for more than a century, no system has been installed in the Gulf Stream for more than a few hours.

The initial three-blade test turbine will be about 10 feet in diameter. It's connected to a main mooring buoy anchored to the ocean floor and a twin-hull observation and control buoy.

It will be placed in the Gulf Stream about 15 miles off the shore of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, where the blades will be driven by the 6 mph flow of the Gulf Stream.

The goal is to eventually have 3,000 turbines working in underwater unison to power up to 50 percent of Florida.

Driscoll said he never lobbied Crist for money for the project, but it obviously caught the environmentally friendly governor's eye.

"This was such a welcome surprise," Driscoll said Thursday. "It's hard to get national traction on this kind of project and that's why it's nice to see the state of Florida leading the way."

The $10 million will help the center start other pieces of the ocean energy project that had taken a back burner to the turbines.

One area Driscoll will explore is using the cold water at the bottom of the ocean to help air condition condominiums and large buildings along the coast.

"You don't have to use energy to produce the cold. It already exists out there," Driscoll said.

The turbine project has slowed in recent months as FAU works to get permitting to drop the first turbine in the Gulf Stream. Driscoll estimates it could be another three months before a permit is issued.


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Here is a video about the turbine project. Guess who the interviewer was? Wait till the end of the video.

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This will be trememdous for the FAU when this is completed. GO FAU engineering! ;D



The project also got another $8.75mil. This is great in spite of the economy and state budget shortfall.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2008/04/28/0428fauturbines.html

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